Welcome to TransforMissional Travel!
Founders, Dennis and Linda Gingerich, love to inspire transformissional living thru travel. They believe that transformation can happen in the hearts and lives of those who travel with a mission and a purpose. Together, they provide the environment for their travelers to explore and experience the intersection of personal faith, ancient history, archaeological discoveries, international culture, and delectable foods in the context of heart-warming relationships—to create a life-changing extraordinary journey.
The Gingerich’s are well-experienced world travelers and seasoned tour hosts. They have hosted hundreds of people for over two decades in travel to Israel, Greece and Turkey. In addition to hosting travel tours, Dennis and Linda have personally traveled extensively throughout the United States (49 of 50 states), Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Dennis and Linda have lived in Cape Coral, Florida since 1986. They moved with their young family of three children with a deep desire to provide an environment for unchurched families of southwest Florida to grow in loving God and loving people. Cape Christian Fellowship was launched in 1987 and has grown from three couples to over three thousand weekend attenders.
Always passionate about helping individuals and families experience a relevant connection between the Bible and their daily lives, Linda and Dennis began hosting tours to Israel in 1997. A 2007 three-day extension to Greece after an Israel trip, inspired them to host additional full tours that include the rich history of Apostle Paul’s leadership in the expansion of the first-century New Testament Christian church into Greece, Turkey and the Greek Isles. A 2014 visit to Germany and Switzerland, have stirred the Gingerich’s to offer tours to include the turbulent history of the Reformation and Anabaptist beginnings in Europe.
Dennis was raised on a grass-seed farm near Salem, OR. Linda Augsburger was raised in Youngstown, OH, a daughter of inner city church planters. Dennis and Linda met at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA and were married in 1974. They have three adult children: two sons, Chad (wife Lisa and daughters Analise and Rylee) and Cheritt (wife Kelly), and a daughter, Charissa (husband Jonathan and twins Noah and Haley and their little sister Ava). Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Social Work in 1976 at EMU. Linda earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree in 1977. Dennis graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 1979.
Linda is a Registered Nurse and has worked in Labor and Delivery at Cape Coral Hospital since 1989. She has written the curriculum, “Parenting On Purpose” and regularly teaches classes to parents and grandparents. After a long season of creative arts programming and leading worship at Cape Christian, Linda now passionately uses her gifts in these areas to create an environment of meaningful worship, relevant scripture application and fun surprise, throughout each travel/spiritual journey they host. Dennis loves teaching leadership principles to business, non-profit, government and church leaders through his popular blog. He also does consulting for ministries and churches to help them develop successful succession plans and leadership transitions. Dennis has been lead chaplain with the Cape Coral Police Department since 1996. He also has served on several community non-profit boards. Dennis relaxes through photography and his award-winning naturescapes are featured in several gift shops throughout southwest Florida. Both Linda and Dennis love adventure together—skydiving, hot-air ballooning, white-water rafting and hang-gliding in the Swiss Alps are their personal highlights.
TransforMissional Tours is NOT a travel agent or a for-profit business. We only organize and host the tours listed on this website out of a passion for inspiring transformissional living through purposeful travel. We volunteer our time with no personal financial gain other than some collateral travel benefits. Our exclusive provider for the detailed travel arrangements and all of the behind-the-scenes work is done by our long-time trusted partner, Imagine Tours & Travel , based in Lakeland, FL.
We use Imagine for three reasons: Experience, Integrity and Relationships.
Imagine Tours & Travel is owned by our personal friends of nearly 20 years, Rick & Amy Ricart. They are more than just a business in another city that we do transactions with. We know their stories, their hearts, their values, and we’ve watched how they’ve raised their children. We know many of their employees and several of them have travelled with us on our tours. We have met the people Imagine partners with in other countries and we have heard first-hand how they also value their relationship with the Ricart’s. We have consistently watched the Ricart’s live with integrity at every level and have heard their business partners and employees speak of the same. Imagine has performed with extraordinary excellence as they have arranged all of the travel details for TransforMissional Travel over the last decades! We are proud to partner with Imagine who brings many decades of the finest travel expertise and experience in planning every detail of our tours. We are confident you will not be disappointed!