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Entering the Kingdom of Heaven: 

The Legacy of Dr. Robert Lindsey 

at Narkis Street Congregation in Jerusalem

May 29-June 2, 2015



Robert "Bob" Lindsey passed away twenty years ago on May 31, 1995. He and his wife, Margaret, lived and ministered in Israel from 1945 to 1987 with the Baptist Convention in Israel. For many of those years he pastored the Narkis Street Baptist Congregation in Jerusalem, Israel.


From May 29 to June 2, 2015, Narkis Street Congregation hosted a conference on Bob Lindsey's legacy as pastor, scholar, and passionate disciple of Jesus.  This conference was a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal.  We looked not only at his legacy, but also explored how our congregation has since developed and we carry on that spiritual heritage.


In order to understand Bob's legacy at our congregation and among the peoples of this Land, we examined the unique history of this property, Baptist House. We walked through modern day Jerusalem discussing the city's 20th century history in relation to Bob's work.  We crossed no man's land, the pre-1967 border between West and East Jerusalem, recounting when Bob attempted to rescue 15-year-old Edward Zoumout in 1961.  On May 30, we celebrated a special Bible Study and Worship Service at Narkis Street Congregation with meal. On the final two days, 16 speakers presented papers that examined different aspects of Bob Lindsey's impact upon Israel and the Church, New Testament scholarship, and evangelical practice.  


Conference Schedule
May 29-June 2, 2015



29 May, Fri     Tour, Presentation, and Discussion of Baptist House History

  • 10:00am-1:30pm Baptist House Chapel


30 May, Sat    Shabbat at Narkis St. Congregation, Baptist House

  • 9:30am     Bible Study Panel Discussion: Kingdom of Heaven

    • Panel: Randall Buth, Brad Young, David Bivin, Steven Notley,Halvor Ronning

  • 11:00am   Worship Service

  • Congregational Meal after the Service


31 May, Sun   Walking Tour in Jerusalem.  A Tale of Two Houses and the Trail of Bob Lindsey

  • 10:45am-2:30pm Meet at Baptist House and then we will walk to Jerusalem House

  • ​Lunch will be served at Jerusalem House


1 June, Mon   Lindsey Conference in the Baptist House Chapel

  • 9:30-10am     Welcome and Open

  • 10:00-12:50pm          Session One

  • 10:00-10:40am           Speaker 1: Gary Alley “Why Legacy Matters”

  • 10:40-11:20am           Speaker 2: David Bivin “My Father in Israel”

    • Break (15 min)

  • 11:35-12:15pm           Speaker 3: Chuck Kopp “The Heart of a Pastor”

  • 12:15-12:55pm           Speaker 4: Liz Kopp “The Music Man”

    • Lunch will be served

  • 1:50-5:00pm             Session Two

  • 2:00-2:40pm             Speaker 5: Ray Pritz “The ‘Lindsey Bob’: Bob the Baptizer”

  • 2:40-3:20pm             Speaker 6: Brad Young “The Miracles of Jesus”

    • Break (15 min)

  • 3:35-4:15pm             Speaker 7: Yoni Gerrish, “Exodus Themes and Language in Mark’s Gospel”

  • 4:15-4:55pm             Speaker 8: Halvor Ronning “Why Lukan Priority”

2 June, Tue    Lindsey Conference in the Baptist House Chapel

  • 9:30-10am     Open

  • 10:00am-12:50pm    Session Three

  • 10:00-10:40am           Speaker 9: Jordash Kiffiak: “Loving God with All Your Mind”

  • 10:40-11:20am           Speaker 10: Lois Tverberg “Jesus' Bold Messianic Claims”

    • Break (15 min)

  • 11:35-12:15pm           Speaker 11: Randall Buth “Biblical Languages and the Synoptic Problem”

  • 12:15-12:55pm           Speaker 12: Steve Notley “Iron Sharpens Iron” 

  • Lunch will be served

  • 2:00-5:00pm             Session Four

  • 2:00-2:40pm             Speaker 13: Dan Hummel “Robert Lindsey and American Evangelicalism”

  • 2:40-3:20pm             Speaker 14: Danny Kopp “Evangelicals and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

    • Break (15 min)

  • 3:35-4:15pm             Speaker 15: Brian (Baruch) Kvasnica “Israel, Lindsey, and Jewish Practice”

  • 4:15-4:55pm             Speaker 16: David Pileggi “When You See Jerusalem Surrounded by Armies”


  • 7:00-10pm               Banquet at the Christmas Hotel


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Conference Speakers and Topics


Gary Alley, Why Legacy Matters

Leadership Team, Narkis Street Congregation

Executive Board, Biblical Language Center

Writer, Jerusalem Cornerstone Foundation


David Bivin, My Father in Israel

Founder, Jerusalem Perspective and Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research


Randall Buth, Learning the Biblical Languages, Solving the Synoptic Problem

Founder, Biblical Language Center

Chariman, Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research


Jon "Yoni" Gerrish, The Gospel of Mark's Exodus Play

Founder, Jerusalem Cornerstone Biblical Study Tours


Dan HummelErrand into the Holy Land: Robert Lindsey and American Evangelicalism

Doctoral Candidate, American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Jordash KiffiakLoving God with all Your Mind

Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Religions, Hebrew University


Charles Kopp, The Heart of a Pastor

Senior Pastor, Narkis Street Congregation

Chairman, Jerusalem Cornerstone Foundation

Chairman, Evangelical Alliance of Israel  


Danny Kopp, Evangelicals, Lindsey, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Leadership Team, Narkis Street Congregation

Freelance Journalist 

Graduate Student, Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University


Liz Kopp, The Music Man

Senior Worship Leader, Narkis Street Congregation


Brian (Baruch) KvasnicaIsrael, Lindsey and Jewish Identity

Associate Dean, Home for Bible Translators and Scholars

Director, Jerusalem Biblical Studies Society


Lenore Lindsey MullicanThoughts and Memories from the Lindsey Family

Assistant Professor of Hebrew, Oral Roberts University


Steven NotleyIron Sharpens Iron: The Importance of Jewish and Christian Scholarly Collaboration

Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Nyack College,

Founder, Emmaus Educational Services


David Pileggi“When You See Jerusalem Surrounded by Armies”

Rector of Christ Church, Jerusalem


Ray PritzThe "Lindsey Bob": Bob the Baptizer

Former Director, Bible Society in Israel

Former Elder, Narkis Street Congregation


Halvor Ronning, Why Lukan Priority

Co-Founder, Home for Bible Translators and Scholars


Lois Tverberg, Jesus' Bold Messianic Claims

Author, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus


Brad Young, The Miracles of Jesus as Proclamation of the Kingdom Message

Professor of Biblical Literature, Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, Oral Roberts University



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Below are some videos from the conference.  We hope to have all of the sessions edited and posted in the coming weeks.

1. Welcome and a History of Baptist House

2. Shabbat Bible Study Panel: Kingdom of Heaven

3. SOURCE: The Lindseys of Israel

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