Baptismal Site at the River Jordan

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL) is pleased to represent one of the seven Christian church bodies given land by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The above film showcases the construction of three buildings: the Church, the Guest House, and the Dormitory on the cliff facing to the West, over the Baptismal Site and toward Jerusalem, and includes interviews with the chief architect, project manager, and world renowned guest artist Hakon Gullvag who will install a one-of-kind panel above the alter.

According to Unesco World Heritage (

“… the Jordanian Department of Antiquities has systematically surveyed and partially’ excavated a series of ancient sites that collectively represent one of the most important archaeological discoveries in modem Jordan — the settlement and region of Bethany (or Beth abra), where John the Baptist lived and baptized. The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mt. Nebo.”

Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013, at which point Christians of all denominations are invited to enjoy the facilities and to worship here.

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