“All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the River Jordan, where John was baptizing.”

John 1:28

Baptismal Site Pilgrimage from Presbyterian Foundation on Vimeo.


You Are Welcome!

We arrange tours, worship services, baptisms, reaffirmation of baptism and church visits. To plan your visit contact the deacon onsite, Chaplain/Deacon Jonas Bodin at

For individuals who want to visit us, we can arrange special tours. We don’t charge a fee, but voluntary donations toward the work of the church are welcome.

The typical tour takes about 3 hours and includes a visit to the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, a tour of the grounds, including the first-century ruins of a monastery believed to be built at the site where Jesus was baptized. Baptism or reaffirmation of baptism can be arranged in the Jordan River or in the Lutheran Church.

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A Variety of Tours Available for Groups

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Nearby Accommodations

For groups looking to spend more time at the Baptismal Site and who are looking for accommodation, there are a number of options to choose from:

Russian Pilgrim House: This hotel is located directly behind the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan.  The hotel includes a restaurant, free wifi, air conditioning, as well as being located a short walk from the Jordan River.
Dead Sea – Sweimeh: Just a fifteen-minute drive from the Baptismal Site, a number of hotels – from economic to luxury – dot the edge of the Dead Sea.
Madaba: A 40-minute taxi ride from the Baptismal Site, this area features the oldest known map of the Holy Land.  From this area, a taxi to the Baptismal Site would cost 30 JOD.
Amman: A 50-minute taxi ride from the Baptismal Site, Amman is the capital city of Jordan with everything from budget to luxury hotels available.  From this area, a taxi to the Baptismal Site would cost 30 JOD.

 Support and Newsletter

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land needs your continuing support for upkeep, and maintenance of this tranquil retreat center.  Donations welcomed; to make a contribution, visit the Presbyterian Foundation’s Online Giving Program.

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The Vision

To learn more about the park and the biblical-historical significance of the site visit:

The Vision Realized

The completed Lutheran Church and Pilgrim Center at Bethany Beyond the Jordan is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land’s (ELCJHL) witness in Jordan and beyond. This witness was made possible by a gracious land gift to many Christian denominations by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Construction on the site was completed in 2010.

With its roots in the Lutheran tradition, it is a pilgrimage founded on the meaning of baptism, one of the fundamental Christian sacraments of Lutheran doctrine. Bethany Beyond the Jordan is central to the concept of Christian Pilgrimage in the Holy Land and one of three of the most important places in the life of Jesus: His birth in Bethlehem, his baptism in Jordan and his resurrection in Jerusalem.

The Center at Bethany Beyond the Jordan is a place of worship and dialogue, of meditation and study, and of listening and learning. The focus of the center is on the spiritual, historical, political and ecological aspects of the site.

The center also serves as an educational resource on Arab and Middle East Christian context.

Sanctuary of the completed church

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