Meet our Tour Directors

Dr. Clark D Anderson

 

Clark is the main owner and operator of Anderson Tours and was responsible for the initial creation and continuance of its tours over the past 20 years. Clark is the seventh child of Gary and Annette Anderson and will advocate that the number 7 is a Hebrew number of great significance (ha!). Clark is a very optomistic person and enjoys good humor and adventure. Clark was also born in St. George, Utah and at age 3 moved to Orem, Utah which he claims as home. Clark was involved in athletics and music in high school excelling in football, basketball, A Cappella & Chamber Choir. He served an LDS Mission to the Netherlands/Belgium Mission and learned the Dutch/Flemish language which he still speaks.

 

Clark received his Doctorate Degree from the University of Wyoming and his Bachelors and Master’s from BYU. His professional career includes 20 years as a Religious Educator, 12 years as an EFY Speaker & Session Director, 20 years as Owner/CEO of Anderson Tours, and most recently the founder of a non-profit organization called Revive Humanity, Revive Service Tours and Revive Now Foundation. Clark is the happy parent of six children and four grandchildren. Clark’s first true love is his family! Second to that is a passion for music, travel, and sports.

 

Clark has over forty years of travel experience and expertise and has spent the majority of his life traveling to Israel, Egypt and other historical sites throughout the world. Over the past twenty years he has organized, planned, hosted, and directed over sixty educational tours to various locations around the globe. Over 30 of these tours were to the Holy Land including three with BYU Travel Study–one as a student, four as director with Shalom Tours, over twenty with Anderson Tours, and two with Revive Service Tours including a group of the BYU-I Religion Faculty. Clark spent the summer of 2000 in Israel as a student at an Ulpan learning Hebrew and also enjoys learning Arabic. With so many visits he now claims the Middle East as his second home.

 

Clark has extensive experience with Church History sites and Tours, Central American Tours, and Specialty Cruises as well. Clark was an ‘Assistant Director’ for two BYU Travel Study Church History Tours and in the past fifteen years has organized and directed over twenty Church History/American Heritage Tours, multiple tours to Central & South America, and dozens of Specialty Cruises. On top of teaching and touring experience Clark adds a unique touch of music and fun to the Tour that helps make the experience both personal and memorable.

Dr. Ron Anderson

 

Ron Anderson is the oldest and firstborn child of Gary and Annette Anderson. Ron was born and raised in St. George, Utah and in his teenage years moved to Orem, Utah. In high school Ron excelled in sports and music playing football, baseball, singing in the A’ Cappella & Chamber Choirs, and played trombone in the band. Ron was Student Body President his senior year at OHS and also while at BYU was in the elite BYU Young Ambassadors. Ron served an LDS Mission to Japan and still speaks Japanese. He has a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies/Biblical Hebrew from the University of Utah. He has Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Brigham Young University as well. His Master’s Degree is in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Ron married Jill Bestor and they are the proud parents of five impressive children. Ron has taught in the Church Educational System for 36 years, including two years at BYU and Utah Valley State College. He is currently teaching at BYU-Idaho as a member of the Religion faculty and has been there for the past 20 years. Ron has had many rare and unique teaching opportunities during his career, including spending the summer term of 1998 and 2015 as an Instructor at the BYU Jerusalem Center in Israel.

 

Ron has extensive knowledge and experience in touring and travel. He specializes in directing LDS Tours to Israel & Egypt as well as LDS Church History Tours. He has directed several Church History/American Heritage Tours with BYU Travel Study and has spent considerable time researching the Mormon Trail. He has also directed tours to Europe, including Greece and Turkey.

 

Ron has also had the opportunity to direct many tours to Israel, Sinai, and Egypt. He has done so with BYU Travel Study, BYU Semester Abroad Program, Shalom Tours, and Murdock Travel. In 1995 Ron, his wife Jill, and their five children had the opportunity to live in Israel for a year and a half while Ron enrolled in the Ulpan where he studied the Hebrew language extensively. His touring experience combined with his teaching experience is a tremendous resource to us all whenever he directs a Tour for us.

 

Hal Anderson

 

Hal is the second child of Gary & Annette Anderson. Hal was born and raised in St. George, Utah but spent his teenage years in Orem, Utah as his father got a job teaching at Brigham Young University. Hal played football and rugby in high school and also sang in the A’Cappella Choir. Hal served an LDS Mission to the Taiwan, Taibei Mission and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

 

Hal has been to the Holy Land on several occassions including studying for 6 months as a student. He has returned in 1993, 1995, and again in 2015 and looks forward to directin ghte Spring 2017 Tour with his wife Julie.

 

Hal became President and Chief Executive Officer of Soltis Investment Advisors in July 2013. Prior to this, Hal served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer for the firm since 1993. In addition to executive and operational responsibilities, Hal served as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. Hal serves as a General Partner for the Wingate Private Equity Fund, LP. His professional career includes positions with General Motors Acceptance Corporation Executive Office, and Michigan National Corporation. He has also provided management consulting for a select group of Utah-based companies.

 

Hal received a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University (BYU) and an MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Management. Hal served as a United States Army Reserve Officer for 8 years. He has served on the BYU Marriott School of Management Alumni Board, and as President of the BYU Management Society St. George Chapter.

 

Hal currently serves as a member of the Zion National Park Foundation Board and as a trustee of the Sutherland Institute. He has been appointed to the National Association of Plan Advisor’s (NAPA) Government Affairs Committee working to interface with government agencies and congress regarding policy decisions relating to the retirement industry. Hal serves as an Adjunct instructor in the Finance Department at Dixie State University teaching portfolio management. He and his wife Julie Birell have six children and twelve grandchildren.

 

Hal & Julie have been called to serve as Mission Presidents in the Baltic Mission beginning in June 2017--2020.

 

Kim Anderson

 

Kim Anderson is the fifth child of Gary and Annette Anderson and was born in St. George, Utah. Kim moved to Orem at a young age and spent most of his childhood through High School at Orem High.  Kim served a mission in Auckland, New Zealand in 1982-1984.  Kim married Debra Harman and has 4 children.  Kim & Debra reside in St. George, Utah.

 

Kim loves the Holy Land and has enjoyed living and learning there on several tours.  He spent two Semesters Abroad with BYU in 1977 & 1986.  He has enjoyed two other tours with his family in 1995 and 2015.  He has enjoyed many life changing experiences visiting the historical sites in the Holy Land.

 

Kim has been with the financial investment firm Soltis Investment Advisors, LLC for over 17 years. Prior to joining Soltis in 1998, Kim spent nine years with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) managing employees in various financial and credit departments including human resources and benefits.

 

Since joining Soltis, Kim has been responsible for the development and services of the Retirement Plan Services Division. Kim is very active in the consultation, services and the administration of retirement plans throughout the country. Kim has industry experience consulting Third Party Administrators in management, services, and technology. Kim has been a featured industry expert speaker and panelist at various conferences to include Fidelity, Charles Schwab, and The Newport Group. He has been quoted in national publications to include the Wall Street Journal.

 

Kim is a member of the National Association of Plan Advisor’s (NAPA) Government Affairs Committee with regular interface with government agencies and congress regarding issues related to retirement planning.  Kim currently serves on the Advisory Council of Fidelity Investments and Advisory Board of Alliance Benefit Group Rocky Mountain Employee Benefits.

 

Kim received his B.S. degree in Economics from Brigham Young University. Kim has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation from Fiduciary 360, Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. Kim has been to the Holy Land on four different occasions and also on several Church History Tours.

 

 

Angela Anderson Hill

 

Angela Anderson Hill is the fourth child of Gary and Annette and their first female child. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah but raised in St. George and Orem, Utah where she currently resides. A graduate from Orem High School and Brigham Young University, this incredible woman also served an LDS Mission to Chile and has still maintains her Spanish speaking ability. Angela and her husband John Hill are the proud parents of 10 children. That is correct…ten children with no twins! Angela and John have 2 children who are hearing impaired and as a result have become fluent in American Sign Language as well.

 

Angela excelled more than any of the Anderson children in music. She played the flute wonderfully and became an exceptional pianist as well. She has been sharing her musical talents and abilities her entire life. In high school she accompanied both her A’Cappella and Chamber Choirs and she currently plays the organ for her Church congregation. On top of accompanying personal and family musical groups, she also gives piano and flute lessons out of her home. Angela also excelled in athletics as a softball pitcher and played volleyball and basketball as well. She still enjoys playing racquetball regularly with her children and other lifelong friends. Angela is a remarkable human being who radiates goodness and light to everyone she meets. Everyone who knows Angela acknowledges that she was rightly named with the word ANGEL in her name. She is an angel child with a very kind, caring, and compassionate heart. Angela is a tremendous asset to each Tour she is involved in.

 

Angela loves the Holy Land and has been on several occassions including a semester abroad experiences where she lived there for 6 months. She has also helped direct a few Church History Tours with her father. She loves visiting the sacred sites and sharing the spirit of place with others.

Tyler Anderson

 

Tyler Dean Anderson is the ninth and last child of Gary and Annette. He is the final child of the Anderson Family Legacy and was the most loved as we all grew up. Tyler graduated from OHS and Brigham Young University and has extensive experience in the financial services industry. Growing up Tyler participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He suffered a devastating career ending injury in high school. Tyler served an LDS Mission in New Jersey Spanish speaking and married a magnificent gal who hails from Peru. Their 3 beautiful children are being raised bi-lingual and bi-cultural.

 

They are gifted soccer players and their daughter Peyton plays on the Olympic Development Team. Their children and are some of the most polite children you will ever meet. Tyler has a keen intellect and a quick wit and is a pleasure to be around. He currently works for Jet Blue and enjoys having a flight benefit where he can travel the world.

 

Tyler has been to Israel on three different occasions as well as several Church History Tours. Tyler will enhance each and every Tour he accompanies and looks forward to co-directing this years’ Church History/American Heritage Tour in July of 2017. Tyler and Karina currently reside in Orem, Utah.

Jan Anderson

 

Jan Dean Anderson is the third child of Gary and Annette. Jan graduated from OHS and Brigham Young University and has a teaching degree where he taught elementary education for 22 years in the Nebo School District. Jan was a gifted athlete and participated in football, basketball, and A’cappella choir. Jan’s Mission President referred to him with the clever title of ‘Jan the Baptist’ on his mission to North Carolina where he enjoyed the work and the area’s culture. Jan was in public education for many years and also started his own landscaping companies called J&R Landscaping which evolved into JAAZ Landscaping where he had fantastic success for over 3 decades.

 

Jan is very gifted in wood working as well and has made tables, lamps, and all kinds of furniture. In July, 2006 Jan suffered a devastating career ending brain injury while helping his neighbor shingle their roof. He is a living miracle and remains a blessing to all who know him. Jan served as Bishop just prior to his accident and is still beloved by those in his Ward. Jan currently maintains 2 part-time jobs and a service assignment at the Provo Temple. Jan married the amazing Allene Mathews from Scipio, Utah and is daughter of Al and Zelda Mathews. Al is a Patriarch in his Stake and a Sealer at the Manti Temple. Allene is an administrator at Hawkins, Cloward, & Simister, a CPA firm in Utah County. Jan and Allene have 4 amazing children and 2 grandchildren. Jan has been to Israel on three different occasions as well as several Church History Tours. Jan will be a blessing to each and every Tour he accompanies. Jan & Allene currently reside in Orem, Utah.

 

Jan loves the Holy Land and has been on several occassions including a semester abroad experiences where he lived there for 6 months. He has also helped direct a few Church History Tours with his father. He loves visiting the sacred sites and sharing the spirit of place with others.

Tiffany Anderson Sorenson

 

The eighth child of Gary and Annette and might be the most caring and empathetic child of all nine children. She has an unusual gift to care for others and is adept in recognizing, understanding, and providing care for others in need. Tiffany graduated from Orem High School where she participated in softball, volleyball, track, basketball, and also played the flute in the OHS band. Tiff went on to play college softball at Utah Valley University.

 

Tiffany married a notable OHS graduate in Rick Sorensen who is currently an ER Doctor in St. George, Utah. Rick and Tiff are the parents of five bright children. In 2010 the Sorensen family represented the United States Air Force on three-year special assignment in Chile. Consequently all the Sorensen children speak Spanish and are empathetic and versed in living in a foreign country and dealing with foreigners. They currently reside in St. George, Utah. Tiffany and Rick are both tremendous assets to each and every endeavor they involve themselves in, especially any of our Tours.

 

Tiffany loves the Holy Land and has been on several occassions including 2 semester abroad experiences where she lived there for 6 months at a time. She has also helped direct a few Church History Tours with her father. She loves visiting the sacred sites and sharing the spirit of place with others.

Lori Anderson Moss

 

Lori Anderson Moss is the sixth child of Gary and Annette and was born in St. George, Utah and raised in Orem. She is an Orem High School graduate and was the most successful athlete of the family. Lori was voted the Female Athlete of the year her Senior Year with co-winner Marty Haws winning the award for the Male Athlete of the Year.

 

Lori lettered in 4 sports in high school; volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. Lori went on to play volleyball in college at Utah Valley University where she met her husband Mike Moss. Lori and Mike are the proud parents of 5 impressive children and currently reside in Layton, Utah. Lori also excelled in music with participation in the OHS A’cappella choir for three years as well as excelling in the OHS band playing the flute. Lori enjoys being the mother of her five very active children and working part time as an occipital lobe hearing tester at the Layton Community Hospital. Lori has a gentle, kind, and loving spirit and is an asset to every Tour where she is involved.

 

Lori loves the Holy Land and has been on several occassions including 2 semester abroad experiences where she lived there for 6 months at a time. She has also helped direct a few Church History Tours with her father. She loves visiting the sacred sites and sharing the spirit of place with others.

 

 

ABOUT US

Anderson Tours LLC specializes in LDS Tours to Israel, Egypt, as well as LDS Church History Tours, Book of Mormon Land Tours to Mesoamerica, and specialty Cruises. Our expertise is in providing sacred and meaningful experiences at various scriptural sites throughout the world. The Anderson Tours story began with Dr. A. Gary Anderson, who taught Religion in the Church History department at Brigham Young University for 25 years. He was an extraordinary man with a unique ability to touch lives. During his time at BYU he directed several LDS Tours for the BYU Travel Study program and allowed his family to travel with him on multiple occasions. They were inspired as they had personal, spiritual experiences at sacred places while visiting Israel, Egypt, and American and Church History sites. Gary’s passion for the 'Spirit of Place' was contagious, and all nine Anderson children came to appreciate the value and power of being “on site” while learning of the sacred events of the scriptures.

 

In 1995, Gary passed away and the Anderson family took a healing trip to the Holy Land to revisit places he had loved and taught so well. Two of Gary’s sons; Clark and Ron followed in their father’s footsteps professionally. Ron has been in CES for 36 years and currently teaches on the BYU-Idaho Religion Faculty. Clark taught for 20 years in CES including six years as Institute Director at the Laramie Institute. Combined they have over 56 years of experience in teaching Religious Education and have also directed over 50 LDS Tours to Israel, Egypt and Church History sites. Their father lit the flame and instilled the desire in them. From there, these two experienced sons have taken the on-site learning phenomenon and refined it over and over again so that your Anderson Tours experience is now a proven, tested and effective program. You will discover this ‘power of place’ experience manifesting itself in every detail of the tour. With years of proven experience we are confident that your LDS Tour to Israel, Egypt, LDS Church History Tours, Book of Mormon Lands Tours, and Specialty Cruises with Anderson Tours will be second to none! The motives are pure; the directors are sensational and seasoned and understand what it takes to provide participants with an on-site scriptural experience.

 

Our company was first operating under the name Shalom Tours from the years 1997 through 1999. The name was changed to Anderson Tours, LLC in 2000 and soon American Heritage/Church History itineraries were added to the list of offered trips. Anderson Tours continued providing travel opportunities and found that the thrill of each tour was actually being “on site” to learn and discover the scriptures together—just as Gary loved to do. In 2017 as part of their 20th year celebration Anderson Tours will expand their Tour offerings to include Book of Mormon Lands Tours as well as Specialty Cruises of various varieties.

 

At Anderson Tours we take your experience very seriously! We understand the sacred and delicate nature of visiting holy sites on an organized tour and we know this may be your one and only time to visit these sacred sites. So much of your experience at sacred sites depends on the attitudes, philosophies and motivations of the people organizing the tour and those directing the experience. In placing your trust in a company that will provide you with such sacred experiences this point becomes paramount and cannot be overstated! At Anderson Tours each LDS Israel Tour, LDS Church History Tour, Book of Mormon Land Tour, and Specialty Cruise is prepared and executed with this in mind. We do our very best to keep our selected scriptural Mission Statement at the forefront of all we do;

 

Alma 36:24; “Yea, and from that time even until now, I (we) have labored without ceasing, that I (we) might bring souls unto repentance; that I (we) might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I (we) did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

 

This verse describes beautifully the reasons Anderson Tours came to be and the desires it embraces. Anderson Tours’ whole intent is for each traveler to be edified by the Spirit and draw closer to their Creator. This driving philosophy is evident in everything we do and we invite you to investigate what people are saying about their experience with us at these sacred sites.

 

Several things set us apart from other companies. One of the most important difference is we feel strongly that GROUP SIZE has a big impact to the type of experience you have at these sites. At Anderson Tours maximizing your experience spiritually is our main objective not maximizing profits and this is most often evidenced in group sizes!  We do all we can to ensure that your LDS Israel Tour, LDS Church History Tour, Book of Mormon Lands Tour, and Specialty Cruise is insightful, uplifting, edifying, educational, enjoyable and most importantly a spiritual and scriptural experience. We feel this can only be accomplished with a manageably sized group. Most or our groups are between 20 to 30 participants and we limit our Tours to one bus load (40) to maximize your experience. This makes all the difference in the world!  Another fundamental difference is we are very direct with you about the price of our Tours. With us there are NO HIDDEN COSTS (be careful with this with other organizations)

 

As the demand for quality LDS tours increased, the Anderson Family alone was not able to meet the needs of all those who wanted to have the Anderson Tours experience. They found, however, that some of their CES colleagues and associates shared their same philosophy and wanted to help others discover the power found in learning from the scriptures on hallowed ground. Anderson Tours expanded, adding other tours as well as carefully selected tour directors in order to help as many people as possible to participate. Today Anderson Tours continues to do all it can to bring the power of the scriptures and the power of place to each participant and invites you to discover the magic of the “on site” classroom with us as we visit sacred places throughout the world.

Phone: 801-885-1119

Email: Clark@andersontours.com

Tour Options

Israel

Cruise

History

BOM Tour

Copyright Anderson Tours 2016