About Luke Chandler

Luke Chandler is a seasoned Bible teacher and travel leader with an M.A. in Ancient & Classical History and experience with ten seasons of archaeological work at biblical sites in Israel. Luke is a member of ASOR (the American Schools of Overseas Research) and has served as an adjunct professor at Florida College.


Luke leads regular tours to Europe and the Bible Lands. You may learn more about his upcoming tours at the Chandler Tours website. He may be contacted directly at ChandlerLuke – at – iCloud.com or through the Chandler Tours Facebook page.

Luke is a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ near Tampa, Florida and makes evangelistic trips to South America and Spain. He and his beautiful wife Melanie have five children.

19 Responses to About Luke Chandler

  1. Gale Livelsberger says:

    I recently listened to your interview on the Book and the Spade and re-listened today. My wife and I took a tour of Israel two years ago and it was a real blessing. She wants to go back on a tour in 2010 and I said I’d rather participate in a dig. It has been a lifelong dream of mine.

    Well, I looked through the BAR find- a -dig to see what was available. Khirbet Qeiyafa seemed like a good reasonably priced expedition and very interesting. As I looked through the pictures I saw that you put up a blog. I was surprised that you were the one I had listened to.

    I am around the same age as your father (63). I hope to retire in a couple of years but figure if I am ever going to do this I need to do it soon.

    You have been an inspiration to me. Thanks.

    • lukechandler says:

      I am very happy you found something useful from my experience. If you are sure that you want to join a dig, you should definitely do it! Many believe it would be a beneficial experience, but assume they have ‘missed the boat.’ I basically believed that just a year ago about myself. Thanks to a change of heart and a supportive wife, I am planning to return to Khirbet Qeiyafa next year as well. I’m even organizing a group to come with me. Perhaps we’ll see each other there?

      Very best wishes,

  2. Bob Buchanon says:

    What week-end schedule did the Team use for this dig? Do they observe the sabbath or continue work on Saturday? Do they allow you to be free for worship on Sunday?

    • lukechandler says:

      The dig works a Sunday afternoon-through Thursday afternoon schedule. A bus takes everyone to Jerusalem on Friday mornings, arriving at the Central Bus Station at 9:30 a.m. We are free from then until 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning when we board the bus again to return to the dig. We are always able to worship together on Sunday mornings before heading back to the dig.
      Weekends are free for us to explore, rest, travel, etc. So far, I’ve spent my weekends either in Jerusalem or at the Dead Sea.

  3. Judy Stockton says:

    When will you be going on another archeological expedition this year?

    • lukechandler says:

      Hello Judy,
      I plan to depart on July 5th for the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation. I’ll be there for two weeks, along with three other people who are coming with me. If you’re interested in joining an expedition, feel free to get in touch with me by email at LukeChandler@verizon -dot- net.
      Best wishes,

  4. Jeff Abel says:

    Hello Luke, I read and enjoyed some of your blog about Qeiyafa; what I wanted to know is can you tell me precisely where on the site they found the inscription that Garfinlkel claims is the oldest Hebrew inscription yet found. I am a guide and familiar with the place – the two gates, the walls, the command post in the middle etc. And I am taking a group there this coming Sunday. I like to get the details right if I can.
    Thank you.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Pastor Chandler,
    I just saw your marvelous picture of a recreation of an ancient home that says it was taken at the Semitic museum at Harvard. I was wondering if I could have your permission to use it as I speak at Christian women’s events and also at youth conferences and retreats. The next such conference will be the Teen Leadership Conference at Summit University which will be held in July. Thank you!

  7. thewowofclarkssummit says:

    Just received it; thank you so much!

  8. Rob Baker says:

    Hello my name is Rob Baker, I am a graphic designer for a non-profit Christian company called Apologetics Press, Inc. I am working on a kids magazine called “Discovery”. In the August’s issue we are discussing some of the Archaeological finds that proof the inspiration of the Bible. One of the articles deals with the Nazareth house that was discovered in 2009. I was wondering if I could get permission (with attributes) to use the image of that dig site that you have at the following link: https://lukechandler.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/first-discovered-jesus-era-house-in-nazareth/

    • LukeChandler says:

      Hello Rob,
      Thanks for your note. The photo you mention is not mine, but was provided courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority. For some reason I didn’t include that attribution in the original post. If you can find the image in the IAA’s archives, I’m sure they will grant permission. For blogs like mine, we are typically free to use images as long as they are used for teaching purposes, and if we provide attribution. I am going to correct attribution mistake on my blog.

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