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!”


Discover Prague & the Mennonite Sojourn in Poland

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Combine sight-seeing in Eastern Europe with investigating the lesser-known story of Mennonites in Poland. In Prague, marvel at colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the city’s famous Old Town Square. Visit important sites in Krakow and Warsaw in Poland. In Poland’s Vistula Delta, learn more about the country that sheltered Dutch and German Mennonites beginning as early as the 1530’s right up to the Second World War.

European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

Visit significant sites that will bring to life the stories of important Anabaptist leaders. See the historic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, take a cable car up Stockhorn mountain, reflect in a cave where Anabaptists worshipped in secret, and stay in the homes of generous, hospitable locals in the town of Berlikum. Explore art and culture in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

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.

European Anabaptist Heritage Tour

This European heritage tour traces the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 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.