Rod VanSolkema is the senior pastor and Libby is the children's director at Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both Rod and Libby have an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Rod completed his seminary work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Before planting Crossroads Bible Church, Rod served as pastor at four other churches in the areas of senior high and young twenties ministry. Their love for studying the Bible in its cultural context and setting was catalyzed while studying under and being trained by Ray VanderLaan. Subsequently, Rod and Libby took their family to live in Israel while doing graduate work in geography, archeology, and history at Jerusalem University College. They are lifelong learners who continue to participate in graduate courses at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Calvin Seminary. As a couple, they have a real passion for people to learn the Biblical Story and to gain a vision for discipleship by walking the Story in the settings of the Bible.
Ancient Paths Study Tours are offered in conjunction with GTI Tours. Since its establishment in 1992, GTI has used its travel expertise to facilitate over 500 Biblical, life-changing trips to Israel, Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Italy and Egypt. They share our mission of bringing Scripture to life through first-hand encounters with the land and lessons of the Bible.