John Sharp is a recently retired historian who taught at Hesston College, in Hesston, Kansas. He is a former director of the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee and Archives. John holds an M.Div. from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and has 15 years of experience as a pastor. John is an instructor of Road Scholar (Elderhostel) courses on Amish life and culture, a frequent lecturer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, editor of the Mennonite Historical Bulletin, and has written and edited various publications. His most recent book is My Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story, released in 2015 by Herald Press. He has led a variety of TourMagination Mennonite heritage tours to Europe and Central Asia. He is married to Michele Miller Sharp, a physician assistant in family practice. Their family also includes adult children and grandchildren. John says, “There's nothing like hearing stories on site. I eagerly anticipate the stories, landscapes, and fellowship that await us. I am already savoring the rich blend of culture, history, and scenery!”


Central Asia: Crossroads of Faith and Culture

On this tour along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, interact with Muslim scholars and clerics; also meet Uzbeki orthodox Christians. As you retrace the historic migration trail of Mennonites who travelled from Russia to Uzbekistan in the late 1800s, hear about the opposition they faced and the surprising welcome they received from some of their Muslim hosts. Your heart and mind will be expanded as you examine intersections of faith and discover the cultural riches in this part of the world.

Amish Heritage Tour with Oberammergau Passion Play

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This tour traces the Anabaptist and Amish story through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Jakob Amman and other important Anabaptist leaders. This special tour also includes seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play, which is only performed every 10 years.

European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

SOLD OUT. We have added a second version of this tour due to interest! The Anabaptist Story in Europe tour, July 28 to August 10, 2020.

This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands. Visits to significant sites will bring to life the stories of Menno Simons, Jakob Amman, Martin Luther, and many other Reformation and Anabaptist leaders. Historian and experienced tour leader John Sharp will share insights as you travel in these beautiful countries that were so important to our Anabaptist ancestors.

Bethany Community Church European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

This custom heritage tour was developed for Bethany Community Church members to better understand their Anabaptist roots and to get a taste of Europe in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. There is also a very special opportunity to attend the once-in-ten years Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.