Holy Ground Explorations (HGE) was born out of a passion for Israel, for the Word of God, and for equipping others through prayer and Small Group Fellowships. How is this lived out?
HGE offers a variety of experiences including first timers’ pilgrimages, hiking the Jesus Trail, working in the Land, as well as tours for those who have been to Israel but looking for a different journey. Besides leading tours, Holy Ground Explorations also provides daily Biblical devotions through our ongoing fellowship known as KFIR. Kfir is a Hebrew word meaning “Young Lions”. In addition, HGE provides a current Middle East Update posted weekly on YouTube, followed up with a printable PDF of the presentation. An important aspect of HGE is prayer. Prayer lists are sent out weekly as well as maintaining the KFIR Prayer Room located on Facebook.
Perhaps what best says it all is the Mission Statement: Holy Ground Explorations is a Jesus-centered ministry devoted to equipping Believers by teaching the uncompromised Word of God, prayer, and small group fellowship, as well as supporting and exploring Israel.
Dan Stolebarger has been involved in a variety of “ministry” forays since 1970, from pastoring a traditional church, planting a church, serving as an Executive Pastor at a megachurch, and has led a small group ministry consisting of over 500 groups. He served as the head of the Bible Department at a Christian high school in San Diego, as well as serving as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.
Sharon Stolebarger is the co-founder of Holy Ground Explorations, along with her husband, Dan. Sharon has a vast resume of travel organization, having run a group tour department at a travel agency for over 13 years. Little did she know that this would prepare her for her current passion of bringing people to Israel.
Jane Ben Ari
Lead Tour Guide
Jane Ben Ari is perhaps the most thorough guide in Israel, hands down. She began guiding in 1972 and has guided thousands upon thousands of people in the past 43 years. Jane has been involved with guiding Days of Discovery and participating with them in published documents concerning Israel. She has also worked with the BBC on various projects, including specials regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dan & Sharon Stolebarger
Dan and Sharon Stolebarger have led over twenty-five tours to the Holy Land and have a passion to instill a love for the Land to all who join in whatever type of journey is being offered — lives forever changed. They are very well-connected in Israel and bring the “personal” side of the Land to those journeying with them.