Dr. Kevin Dieckilman is the founding president and CEO of One Heart for Israel, a non-profit religious educational organization (501c3) building bridges between the Christianand Jewish communities around the world.
For twenty years Kevin, has organized and lead study tours to Israel helping people discover firsthand the Land of the Bible. Pastor Dieckilman has developed tours for the general public, college students, pastors and military chaplains. He has been involved in archaeological digs throughout Israel and has done extensive study and research in Nazareth, Jerusalem and the City of David. In cooperation with archaeologists and the Government of Israel, he has developed the first curriculum to be used on Christian college and university campuses on “The History of Israel”.
Dr. Dieckilman served as the senior pastor of Simi Hills Christian Church for 19 years in Simi Valley, Ca. He holds a B.S. in Christian Ministry, MDiv. in Theology, and a PhD in Biblical Archaeology. He is an innovative pastor and teacher using many creative methods to teach and illustrate biblical stories, people and places through video, drama and reproductions. Some of the full-size replicas include the carpenter shop of Jesus in Nazareth and all the furnishings from the wilderness Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple beginning with The Ark of the Covenant.
Over the past twenty years, he has made many radio and television and personal appearances throughout the world teaching and lecturing. With a passion for world missions he has organized and led Christian mission teams throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. Working with churches, he has led construction teams around the world building homes, schools, churches, retreats and medical centers. He has been the project coordinator for over 30 world mission teams administrating the acquisition and transportation of building materials to remote locations all around the world. As a contractor, he worked for a major home builder supervising the construction of master-planned communities building thousands of homes throughout Southern California.
Dr. Dieckilman works with many Jewish organizations such as Stand with Us, Jewish Federation, Israeli American Council as well as speaking at many Jewish and Christian events throughout Southern California. He also serves on the executive committees of the annual Israeli Independence Day Festival in Los Angeles and the annual Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces Gala.
He served as the controller for the Israel Christian Nexus for several years with Israel’s Brigadier General Shimon Erem. Kevin served as a member of the Heroin Task Force of Simi Valley California representing the churches in the war against drugs. He has served on the president’s advisory committee of Hope International University, as a member of the oversight committee of the North American Christian Convention and works with Strategic Communications, a non-profit organization which owns and operates Christian radio stations around the world. He has led a project to rebuild Voice of Hope, broadcasting the Bible into the Muslim countries in the mid-east and Europe. Today he also serves on governing boards of other nonprofit organizations and colleges. Pastor Kevin also serves as a chaplain in the Air Force reserve.
He has received many awards including Americans for a Safe Israel Award, Chariots of Salvation Award, and the Medal of Jerusalem Award. Kevin has made numerous television and radio appearances speaking of historical and current Judeo-Christian issues. He and John Maxwell are listed as the top two recommended speakers to groups regarding Christian issues in the 2017 list of top speakers in America by “Meetings and Conventions”. He is the author of dozens of articles and the soon to be released book “From the Hands of the Carpenter”.