Join Pastor Benji and Amy Lynn on a historical, educational, and transformational journey called the “Preacher King Tour”! The tour is a 5 day, 4-night trip to retrace the history of the Civil Rights Movement and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For those engaged in the dream to see American live out it’s calling to be a beacon of faith, hope, and love! (I Corinthians 13:13)


Day 1 – Monday, April 2Depart newhope church parking lot around 7 am, leave for Atlanta, Georgia. We will have lunch near the King Center, then take the self-guided tour to the King center, (admission is free). View the preserved writings of Dr. King. Pay respects to Dr. & Mrs. King’s Tomb, and view the Eternal Flame. We will stay overnight in downtown Atlanta at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel at Centennial Olympic Park.

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 3: You will enjoy a free breakfast buffet at the Embassy Suites, and then we will depart for Birmingham, Alabama. We will arrive in about 3 hours, to Kelly Ingram Park, site of the demonstration and protest campaign. We will then walk to the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. (Organized in 1873) Sixteenth Street was the first black church in Birmingham. Due to Sixteenth Street’s prominence in the black community, and its central location to downtown Birmingham, the church served as headquarters for the civil rights mass meetings and rallies in the early 1960’s. Sunday, September 15, 1963, at 10:22 a.m., the church became known around the world when a bomb exploded, killing four young girls attending Sunday School and injuring more than 20 other members of the congregation. After lunch, we will visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. We will then enjoy dinner, and depart for Memphis after dinner. We will arrive in Memphis and stay at the Quality Inn, in Downtown Memphis.

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 4This is the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King. This will be a powerful and moving day full of activities. We will start off with a free breakfast buffet at Quality Inn, spend the day touring the National Civil Rights Museum, experiencing the spoken Word, speakers, etc., and anniversary musical tributes. We will enjoy lunch and then return to the National Civil Rights Museum. We will then have dinner and then go back to the hotel for the night.

Day 4, Thursday, April 5: Enjoy a free breakfast buffet at Quality Inn and then depart for Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. We will have lunch once we arrive and then walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a national symbol of the march in 1965. We will then drive to the Montgomery Courthouse and tour the site. As the day wraps up, we will have dinner and stay overnight at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery, AL.

Day 5, Friday, April 6: Enjoy a free breakfast buffet at Embassy Suites, and then depart for Durham! Arrive at newhope church Friday evening.

Age Requirements

While we wish we could open the trip up to all ages, because of the geographic area covered and long transportation legs, and the fact that this trip is an educational/preaching/historical tour, children must be 12 years of age or older and accompanied by a parent.


newhope church is subsidizing a significant portion of the cost of the trip so that you may enjoy this experience! It will cost over $650 per person, but we are locking the price in at $550 per person/registrant. This is for double occupancy per room.

Some of you have asked about having a single room to yourself. That is acceptable, but the price per registrant for a single room will be $700, and we can not guarantee those rooms, but we will do everything we can to accommodate you.

The $550 price for the round trip includes: 

  • Luxury charter bus transportation, with bathrooms onboard, and free wifi.
  • All hotel accommodations for 4 nights, with complimentary breakfast each morning at the hotels.
  • Entry into festivities, parks, museums, etc.
  • Book/Reading Materials

Not included in the price are lunches, dinners, snacks, souvenirs, etc.


Of course, you can pay the $550 up front and at once and immediately secure your spot. For those of you who would like a payment plan, please see below:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due upon registration by Sunday, February 11, 2018.
  • 2nd payment of $300 is due March 1, 2018.
  • 3rd payment of $100 is due March 25, 2018

Registration Info

By clicking the link below, you will set up an account via Managed Missions where you can complete your registration details and make your deposit payment. We should note that we have a maximum capacity of 55 on the Charter Bus, and if we exceed that, we will have to evaluate the level of interest before we commit to a second bus.


  1. When is the registration due?
    The registration is due by Sunday, February 11th.
  2. Is the $150 registration fee nonrefundable?
    NO – due to the nature of the prepaid luxury bus, we are not able to refund the deposit.
  3. May my entire family go on this trip?
    We encourage families to participate, provided the children are 12 years or older and are accompanied by a parent.
  4. What do I pack bring for the trip?
    Several of the legs of the bus trip will be lengthy. Bring books, laptops, or music devices if you prefer. There will be wifi and movies on the bus. Wear comfortable walking shoes as there will be a lot of museums and walking on the tour. Try to limit your suitcases to one per person. Also –bring phone chargers as there will be a few electrical charging stations on the bus and in your hotel rooms.
  5. What are any luggage restrictions?
    Suitcases are limited to 70 pounds total baggage per person.
  6. How will rooms be assigned?
    Married couples will share a room, and singles will be paired up with a same-sex roommate.
  7. Where does the trip depart?
    We depart from the newhope church Central Campus parking lot, 7610 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC 27713.

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