Rev. Timothy Keith Sandow is a Methodist Superintendent Minister currently serving in the Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership. Rev. Sandow is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a passion for facilitating studies and pilgrimages, believing that they are key’s to strengthening discipleship within congregations.
Rev. is a member of CCJ and was privileged to participate in the Holocaust Symposium at Yad Vashem in 2013. He is also a keen photographer and has produced some exceptional publications that are unique to his pilgrimages. Participants will enjoy both a Glossy Magazine and Coffee Table Book as part of the pilgrimages he offers. Rev Sandow has led several pilgrimages through ITS to Israel and is looking forward with great enthusiasm to leading a pilgrimage to Turkey in February 2016.
Keith’s pilgrimage will include visits to sacred sites that were significant to Paul, Luke, John, Mary, Lydia and the earliest Christian communities. The group will visit the ruins of a select number of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, as well as see extraordinary examples of cave churches in the mysterious valleys of Cappadocia. The pilgrimage will include time in Istanbul, Nicea and Ephesus; places where the creeds that Christians recite today were crafted, debated and adopted by the early church. To gain understanding of martyrdom and how the church had to worship in hiding in ancient times, the pilgrimage will include visits to Hierapolis, the site of St Phillip’s martyrdom and a mythical Cave of the Seven Sleepers outside of Ephesus. You will be encouraged to keep a watchful eye for secret symbols engraved in the cobbles indicating the presence of a Christian community that was somewhere near. The group will also visit natural and manmade wonders of the world including, Hagia Sophia, an early Basilica (now museum) that was once the largest building in the world; the iconic Blue Mosque; the ancient city of Ephesus, Pamukkale (the Cotton Castle); the Zelve Valley and underground city in Cappadocia; and other archeological sites in Konya, where the noted Sufi mystic, Rumi, wrote poetry. Part of our tour will include a stop in Troy where Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey and the site of the mythological Trojan War. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is fitting that we visit Gallipoli and remember all of the fallen, inparticular the 1st Battalion Lancashire Regiment. Keith is composing a magazine that will explore some of the theological and church history highlights covered in the pilgrimage. This year, he is also adding a picture book that will be distributed after the tour.