All W/ELS members are eligible and invited to join our annual MLC Alumni Tours. Coordinated by the MLC Alumni Association, the tours strive to provide an affordable, enjoyable, and educational travel experience. What makes them truly unique, however, is the daily worship and Christian fellowship opportunities. The tours are managed by Steve Balza, MLC Director of Alumni Relations. Each year, an MLC professor or professor emeritus serves as guide and/or chaplain.

Lord willing, the 2017 tour will take two busloads of travelers to the beautiful, bluegrass Commonwealth of Kentucky. Highlights will include our 3rd visit to the Creation Museum and its new counterpart, the Ark Encounter. Other sites of interest include Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Cumberland Falls State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, and Mammoth Cave National Park. Feel free to follow along with the daily itinerary and watch for updates on the MLC Facebook page.


(L-R: Ark Encounter, Cumberland Falls, Natural Arch, Creation Museum)

If the Lord wills it, 2018 will be our first international tour. Dates are set for June 18-July 4 with President Mark Zarling, Professor Paul Koelpin, Professor Jim Danell, and Professor Keith Wessel to serve as guides. The itinerary plan calls for one group to start in Germany with 6 days touring the LutherLands while the other group starts in Italy making stops in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Both groups will come together for 3 nights in the Austrian Alps just outside the historic and scenic city of Salzburg. Promotional materials will be available in August with registration set to begin on Saturday, September 2.

(L-R: Eisleben Luther Statue, Wittenberg Castle Church, Salzburg, Rome)

The tours have been very popular. All but 2 have sold out and the bus typically fills within 1-2 weeks of registration opening. Previous destination highlights have included the Creation Museum in Kentucky, Amish communities of Indiana; the Lincoln Presidential Library in Illinois; Washington DC; the Grand Canyon; the San Diego Zoo; the Pacific Coast Highway (Southern California stretch); Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks; Boston’s Freedom Trail; Acadia National Park; Mount Rushmore and the Badlands of South Dakota; Teddy Roosevelt National Park; Rocky Mountain National Park; Great Sand Dunes National Park; and Garden of the Gods.

For full details about upcoming tours and pictures of journeys past, check out the tour website. There you may also register online or download and print a brochure or registration form. If you have questions or are interested in being added to the tour mailing list, contact Steve Balza at or 507-217-1731.