"Enriching Your Faith through Inspirational and Purposeful Journeys"
Global travel leaders, Q Events & Destination Management AG (a Hotelplan subsidiary), Music Celebrations International and Signature Tours International join forces to launch ...
FAITH JOURNEYS LLC
... with corporate offices in Tempe, AZ and Atlanta, GA and affiliate offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
FAITH JOURNEYS combines the extensive resources of Switzerland's second largest travel group with the experience and knowledge of renowned religious travel experts to deliver a comprehensive selection of competitively priced, faith-based tour packages.
In addition, service-minded travelers will find that FAITH JOURNEYS actively promotes Global Voluntourism with numerous options for purpose-driven excursions. This rapidly expanding volunteer movement combines religious touring and the opportunity to interact with local people throughout the world in a deeply rewarding capacity.
But what really distinguishes FAITH JOURNEYS as the preferred tour operator for church groups is its emphasis on the spiritual aspects of all its travel packages. These unique programs incorporate faith-based concepts — study, prayer, fasting, service — as an essential and equal part of any pilgrimage.
- Allows Christians to enjoy an inspirational and purposeful journey designed to enrich their faith and heed the call to "go unto the ends of the earth" and "do unto the least of my brothers and sisters as you would do unto me."
- Offers believers a personalized spiritual adventure — walking in the footsteps of the founders and pioneers of their faith ... bringing to life the Bible and Church history and teachings ... celebrating with their pastor or priest, family, friends and members of their church or parish ... sharing God's abundant blessings through volunteer and purpose-driven activities and programs.
- Provides clients with a professionally organized travel experience that is responsive to the spiritual purpose of their journey. Travelers are certain to return home enriched, inspired and refreshed, with a greater understanding of the roots of their faith and a strong sense of unity with their fellow travelers.
A Global Network
FAITH JOURNEYS is the world's premier provider of religious, inspirational and educational travel. With more than 100 years combined experience, its directors and management team include some of the most trusted names in the religious travel industry.
The acquisition of Signature Tours International gives FAITH JOURNEYS access to a vast network of pastors and churches throughout the United States and Canada that has been carefully cultivated and nurtured over three decades.
An exclusive, long-term joint venture agreement allows FAITH JOURNEYS to take advantage of the impressive array of resources and services that are offered by Hotelplan Holding AG, a Zurich-based travel giant with annual turnover of USD 1.9 billion and offices around the globe.
Hotelplan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Switzerland's largest retailing group, Migros, with annual revenues in excess of USD 24 billion.
Meet the Faith Journeys Team
John Wiscombe, President
A highly-respected veteran of more than 35 years in the travel industry, Wiscombe leads the
Faith Journeys team. He has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and
Latin America. A lifelong musician, Wiscombe is an accomplished pianist, cellist, trumpet
player, organist and choir director. He is fluent in English, French and German. Wiscombe is
also President of Music Celebrations International, which he founded in 1993, and serves on
the boards of Copper Star Bank, European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation, Ballet
Arizona, Diversified Events, Catholic Choir Tours and Faith Journeys.
Kevin Lee, General Manager
Driven by a passion for business development and tourism, Kevin Lee brings over a decade of experience in the group travel industry to Faith Journeys. His previous positions in the travel industry include working as a Travel Agent, Tour Guide, and District Sales Manager with specialization in European and South Pacific destinations. His fluency in Spanish and considerable aptitude in the global tourist trade bolster Faith Journeys' ability and commitment to delivering the industry leading Faith Travel options to its clients. Kevin enjoys his own personal travel opportunities and has had the privilege of leading hundreds of people to destinations all over the world with his own tour groups. Other interests include the great outdoors, sports, family time and serving in his church and community. Kevin resides in the Phoenix area with his wife, Jenna, and three sons.
Miroslav Bauer, Managing Director, Europe
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Bauer manages Faith Journeys European operations and strategic acquisitions. Upon completion of his degree in business management, Bauer joined Kuoni Destination Management and served 14 years in various executive management capacities, including Vice President, during which he oversaw all Kuoni European Destination Management offices, the U.S. sales office and the event departments in Switzerland and England. Bauer is also CEO of Q Events & Destination Management AG, a position he assumed in November 2009. Q Events is a subsidiary of Hotelplan, the second largest travel company in Switzerland, and Migros, Switzerland's largest retailer.
Roland Zuehlke, Managing Director
From the Atlanta, GA corporate office Zuehlke provides direction to a team of Faith Journeys program managers and supervises the product development department. Born and raised in Switzerland, Zuehlke arrived in the U.S. in 1987 to complete his studies in New York and launch a career in marketing and advertising. He has held senior positions at Switzerland Tourism and Kuoni Tours and amassed more than 20 years experience meeting the demands of discerning and knowledgeable church and religious groups. His career includes involvement in many large religious events such as the Catholic Jubilee, the 450th Anniversary of Martin Luther's death, two World Youth Days in Rome & Cologne, Charles Wesley's 300th Anniversary and the past two Oberammergau Passion Plays.
Zoe Franciscus, Director of Program Management
In charge of program management, Franciscus draws heavily on her creativity and broad
knowledge of European group travel. She was born and raised in Ireland and holds a B.A. in
International Marketing and Japanese. Franciscus has worked with prominent international
tour operators since 1997, serving in various capacities to include travel executive,
salesperson and operations director, during which she acquired extensive knowledge
of destinations, attractions and itineraries. In 2006, Franciscus was promoted to Director of
Operations for Kuoni Tours in Atlanta, GA, supervising a team of operators focused on the
European specialty travel market and overseeing more than 800 group tours annually to
Europe and the Middle East. Franciscus has headed up large events such as Catholic World
Youth Day in Cologne, Germany and Oberammergau Passion Play.
Timothy Mullner, Director of Program Development
Dr. Timothy Mullner, D. Min. is passionate about adult faith formation and joins the Faith Journeys team with pilgrimage experience to Israel and Europe. As an educator, Timothy has presented throughout the US, Canada, Israel, Italy, UK, and Guam. His work with priests and deacons includes Priest Convocations, Diaconate Formation, and retreats for the National Federation of Priests Councils (NFPC). Timothy holds a Masters in Ministry from Seattle University, and a Doctorate in Applied Ministries/Ecumenical Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation, IN. With doctoral residencies at the Centro Pro Unione, Rome and Oxford University, UK, Timothy is committed to vibrant parish life that deepens personal faith, supports lifelong faith formation, and develops Christian stewards. He is a contributing author to Continuing the Journey: Celebrating 40 Years of Vatican II. Timothy’s office is in Renton, WA.
Christina Wheeler, Program Manager
Landing a career that combines a love of international travel with a passion for her faith has been a blessing for Wheeler. She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with an undergraduate in Finance. Her career spans several industries including two major airlines where she held positions in yield management, sales operations, and travel agency incentive programs. Continually active in her parish community, she has served as a lector and an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, has facilitated bible studies and RCIA classes, and currently, she teaches religion to pre-schoolers. Other interests include family time, tennis, reading, and excursions to explore the people, food, smells, sounds and colors that make up the wonders of God's great world; whether they be in the next town or around the world.
Dr. Caroline Cerveny, Pilgrimage Consultant
Dr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D.Min., believes in travel as a way to deepen our understanding of the foundations of our Christian/Catholic faith. As a world-wide traveler herself and experienced leader of
faith-based journeys to Israel, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, and Italy, Sister Caroline knows firsthand how
to help individuals and groups move from being tourists to pilgrims. Nationally and internationally
recognized peritius in faith-based education using social media and technology, Dr. Cerveny has
offered workshops and training all over the United States, including Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Besides
consulting with a number of Catholic Dioceses on how to incorporate faith-based education using
the new technology and social media in working with our youth, Caroline has published in Catechist
Magazine, Liturgical Catechesis, Momentum, Today's Parish, and the NCCL Newsletter. Dr. Cerveny
received a Master's in Religious Studies from St. Mary's college in Winona, MN and a Doctorate in Parish
Revitalization from Chicago's McCormick Seminary. Our pilgrimage story can be told through the means
of new media!
Dan Myers, Program Consultant
Faith Journeys is privileged to welcome Dr. Dan Myers, D. Min. into their consulting team. Dan is an alumnus of the American Baptist Seminary of the West, and has applied his previous experience as a senior minister to forming Master Plan Ministries, a company that assists houses of worship with capital stewardship programs. Through his efforts and organization, churches of every denomination have raised more than $500 million for construction, debt liquidation, and missionary efforts. Dr. Myers has also led over a dozen tour groups to various destinations worldwide, and has been a contributing author to Christianity Today and Charisma Magazine. His office is located in La Quinta, California.
Kerry H. Young, Executive Assistant to the President
Young works closely with the President of the company as an executive assistant and advisor. After her tenure at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she graduated in Business Management, Marketing, and Spanish, which assists her in organizing group travel and managing the daily affairs of Faith Journeys. Kerry has built a solid career in the travel industry for the past 8 years, and is a qualified traveler herself with experience in many popular destinations overseas.
Donna Cluckey, Account Executive
Recently joining Faith Journeys with over 20 years of involvement in the travel industry, Donna Cluckey offers experience in international travel as well as tourism management. Her inspiration and enthusiasm stem from her talent for exceeding the clients’ travel expectations with both a superior product and exceptional service. As Account Executive, Donna coordinates with the sales team at Faith Journeys to maintain contact with all group travel hosts as well as handling all deposits, payments, questions, and concerns from the customer. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona, along with her husband of 35 years, her three children, and her five grandchildren.
Thomas Payne, Operations Specialist
Payne is principally responsible for drafting and editing sales material for promotional purposes. Faith Journeys specializes in making a custom and distinct travel experience for every congregation that signs up – and Thomas ensures that they each receive brochures, flyers, and slideshow presentations tailored especially to their trip. Ambitions and interests of his include writing creatively for leisure and entertainment, studying Christian doctrine, and sharing the good news of the gospel. His primary goal as Operations Specialist is to ensure that the client’s experience with Faith Journeys is equally professional as it is spiritual.