Our founder and Executive Director, Peter J. Miano, is a United Methodist minister. Educated in mission and biblical studies, experienced as a missionary and teacher in the Holy Land, the Rev. Miano pioneered the unique blend of mission experience and biblical study that we offer our participants. He has earned advanced degrees in New Testament and missiology at Union Theological Seminary (New York City), Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology. He teaches courses in New Testament studies, biblical archaeology, geography and biblical history. He also teaches courses in missiology. He specializes in the history of the Middle East, its contemporary development and the role of the Church in the Middle East during the 19th and 20th Centuries. He is the author of The Word of God and the World of the Bible: An Introduction to the Cultural Backgrounds of the New Testament (London: Melisende, 2001).