Welcome to Under the Olive Tree Ministries (UtOT)

A  Messianic Fellowship and Torah Study Group 

Under the Olive Tree is a Messianic fellowship and small Torah group meeting in the Covington/Conyers, Georgia area off I-20 east. 

We are pleased to share with you, our friends, that we hold congregational & study meetings at  Under the Olive Tree throughout the year. We also gathering at special times to learn about and experience the marvelous festivals of faith.. 

Please select Calendar-Itinerary above for more details.

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Hanukkah were listed as December 7-14, then the holiday begins at sundown on Dec 6 and ends at nightfall on Dec 15.

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights or Re-Dedication. 

Click here for 2016 fasts and festivals

We are happy to invite you to our Hanukkah services this December 2015. We are located at The Church at Covington, 11975 HWY 142N, Oxford, GA. Celebration begins at 6 PM ( not 7 PM as stated in the Bulletin) and lasts about 45 minutes. 

Photos from our 2015 Hanukkah display and celebration 

One of the goals of our ministry is to educate people that have minimal knowledge about the connections (relationship) between early Judaism and Christianity. 

Each Hanukkah we setup a small educational display replete with artifacts and text panels. We have been amazed at just how many people stop by and enjoy the mini-museum Hanukkah display.

Too, we are happy to report that in our travels many fellowships, churches and home cell groups are beginning to discover and appreciation the "Jewish roots" to their historic Christian faith.

Our Strategic Plan 

In George Barna’s book The Power of Vision, he suggests that “a mission statement is a broad, general statement about who you wish [the organization] to reach and what the [organization] hopes to accomplish…. The vision statement ‘puts feet’ on the mission, detailing how the [ministry organization] will influence the world in which it will minister. Thus, while the mission statement is philosophic in nature, the vision statement is strategic in character.”

We share our mission and vision statements below with the understanding that they are “living statements” and likely will be amended, or modified periodically. As the Will and direction of G-d for this ministry matures and we more clearly grasp His purpose - expect adaptations. 

Our Preamble

Building biblical bridges and meaningful connections  between historical Christianity and Judaism, so that the millennia of distrust, misunderstanding, and antagonism between Christians and Jews  might be mended by the everlasting love of Adonai as demonstrated in the life,ministry,death and resurrection of Yeshua HaMeshiach. 

 Our Mission

  • To teach people to appreciate the Jewish Roots to the Historic Christian Faith, 
  • To help people to acquire a firmer grasp of the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy), 
  • To aid people to understanding the nature of covenant, worship and service from a Messianic perspective.

Our Vision: 

  • To persuade Christians to reconsider and develop an appreciation for the Jewish/Hebraic roots to the historic Christian Faith; 
  • To encourage our Jewish family to recognize we have been grafted into the Olive tree too, in order that we might become One New Man ( Ephesians 2:11-22)
  • To inspire believers to get better acquainted with the context and content of the Old Covenant/Testament (Torah, Tanach) and New Covenant/Testament ( B'rit Hadashah, Apostolic writings).
  • To help others to get a good grasp of ancient Jewish customs, manners, history and language which would allow one  to re-examine Scripture in a powerful new context; illuminating intricate details and discovering biblical treasures. 
  • to encourage the exploration of the meaning and power of the Jewish festivals, 
  • to faithfully and passionately declare the value to the believers' lives of understanding God's eternal purpose for the Jews, including their ancestral land (Israel).
  • to demonstrate that in Yeshua (Jesus) both Jew and Gentile are made new, thus destroying the barriers, bias, and old prejudices as we become together a new society, a new people, a new nation, and the two become One.

Our Home:

We will meet at The Church at Covington. For directions click here.

Our Invitation: 

If you are hungry to understand the Old Testament and its real place in your life...come!
If you want to learn about our ancient family...come!
If you love Jesus...come!
If you are curious...come!

More information call Dr.Ed Bez (352)-301-1445 or Rachel Bez (703)-399-0919
Under the Olive Tree Ministries has been called to serve in an interim capacity at The Church at Covington; Oxford, Georgia. We will serve in the capacity of the Directors of Quest Bible Institute and Seminary, the adult Christian Education program, and will serve as the guest minister during the the senior pastor's sabbatical leave. 

We will be serving in these capacities for a season. We are still available for speaking engagements. Please feel free to call us at 352-301-1445 or use the "Contact us" tab on our UTOT menu or e-mail us at drbez@undertheot.com

Our Founders 

Founder and President

 Dr Ed Bez 

Co-founder and Vice President

Rachel Leah Bez


 Rachel and Dr. Bez prepare to minister at the 30th anniversary of The Way, The Truth and the The Life Church in Decatur, Georgia, September, 2012

 God's Garden

    THE Lord God planted a garden
    In the first white days of the world,
    And He set there an angel warden
    In a garment of light enfurled.

    So near to the peace of Heaven,
    That the hawk might nest with the wren,
    For there in the cool of the even
    God walked with the first of men.

    And I dream that these garden-closes
    With their shade and their sun-flecked sod
    And their lilies and bowers of roses,
    Were laid by the hand of God.

    The kiss of the sun for pardon,
    The song of the birds for mirth,--
    One is nearer God's heart in a garden
    Than anywhere else on earth.

    For He broke it for us in a garden
    Under the olive-trees
    Where the angel of strength was the warden
    And the soul of the world found ease.

    Dorothy Frances Gurney