Mike Nieland, founder of Blue Marble Journeys in Ankeny, Iowa, passed away April 21 as a result of an inoperable brain aneurysm. He was 59.
After a career as a teacher in public and Christian high schools, Mike founded Blue Marble Journeys to share his passion for Bible study and faith-based travel with church groups around the country. He led trips to Israel, Jordan and other international destinations, as well as service trips and visits to popular faith-based attractions around the United States.
Mike was a frequent attendee of the Going On Faith Conference and traveled with our staff on familiarization tours in Jordan and through the state of Georgia. He will be missed and remembered fondly throughout the travel industry.