Blair Van Dyke

Blair G. Van Dyke is a full-time instructor at the Orem Institute of Religion adjacent to Utah Valley University. He earned his BA in English literature from BYU in 1989. At that time he was hired to teach in the Church Educational System (CES) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Van Dyke took a Masters of Education degree in 1992, and a Doctor of Educational Philosophy in 1997, both from BYU. His dissertation, "Education in an Autonomous Palestine: Palestinian Perspectives," explores the emergence of an independent Palestinian educational system after centuries of colonialism.

He established the "Literature, Arts, and Letters for Global Understanding" campaign, an ongoing community and educational engagement initiative between educators and students in the United States and the West Bank. Van Dyke is the coauthor of Holy Lands: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East. He has also written a number of articles on biblical culture, history, and texts, including "In the Footsteps of Orson Hyde: Subsequent Dedications of the Holy Land" (BYU Studies). Van Dyke met his wife in Jerusalem and was invited to teach at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies (2001-2002). He travels annually to the Near East to conduct research and guide travel study tours of the region.

Blair Van Dyke's Current Tours:


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2022 American Heritage & Early LDS Church History Tour with Tim Taggart from 2,079
2022 American Heritage & Early LDS Church History Tour with Tim Taggart

DestinationWashington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY Boston, MA; Sharon, VT; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration11 days 10 nights

2022 American Heritage & LDS Church History Tour with Kay Godfrey from 2,739
2022 American Heritage & LDS Church History Tour with Kay Godfrey

DestinationWashington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY Boston, MA; Sharon, VT; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration15 days 14 nights

2022 Autumn in New England Tour with Kay Godfrey from 1,699
2022 Autumn in New England Tour with Kay Godfrey

DestinationBoston, MA; Boothbay Harbor, Maine West Lebanon, NH; Sharon, VT; Binghamton, NY Fayette: Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration9 days 8 nights

2022 Best of Israel Holy Land Tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor from 2,988
2022 Best of Israel Holy Land Tour with  Scot and Maurine Proctor

DestinationTel Aviv; Nazareth; Galilee; Masada; Jerusalem;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration12 days 11 nights

2022 Bringing the Bible to Life Jordan and Israel Tour with Tim Taggart from 3,449
2022 Bringing the Bible to Life Jordan and Israel Tour with Tim Taggart

DestinationAmman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Sea of Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration16 days 15 nights

2022 British Church History Tour with Scot & Maurine Proctor from 3,119
2022 British Church History Tour with Scot & Maurine Proctor

DestinationEdinburgh, Scotland; Stirling, Scotland; Lake District, England; Preston, England; Liverpool, England; The Cotswalds, England; Northampton, England; Wales, England;

Category:  Europe

Duration11 days 10 nights

2022 British Isles Cruise with Anthony Sweat from 1,759
2022 British Isles Cruise with Anthony Sweat

DestinationUnited States Amsterdam, Netherlands; Day at Sea Inverness, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland Holyhead, Wales; Cork, Ireland

Category:  Cruises

Duration15 days 14 nights

2022 Church History Tour with Barbara Morgan Gardner from 2,179
2022 Church History Tour with Barbara Morgan Gardner

DestinationPalmyra, NY; Fayette, NY Susquehanna River; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; St. Louis, MO; Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration9 days 8 nights

2022 Church History Tour with Gerrit Dirkmaat from 1,579
2022 Church History Tour with Gerrit Dirkmaat

DestinationBaltimore, MD; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration7 days 6 nights

2022 Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Return to Paradise from 4,450
2022 Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Return to Paradise

DestinationQuito, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Papallacta, Ecuador; Yacuma Ecolodge, Ecuador; Galapagos Islands;

Category:  South America

Duration15 days 14 nights