Oren Shmueli was born in a kibbutz in the Galilee and spent most of his childhood in Moshav Orot, near Ashkelon, where he lives today with his family.
As a young man he was fascinated with the history and geography of the State of Israel and so, after completing his mandatory military service, he decided to earn a degree in archaeology. In 2010, he completed his M.A. in archaeology and anthropology, at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, specializing in medieval archaeology. Since 1993, he has worked for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) as an inspector, where he was responsible for various areas in the country.
During his work at IAA, Oren conducted several large research projects, which further stoked his passion for the history and understanding of the diverse culture of the Holy Land. He has also had the opportunity to guide Israeli tourists to the archaeological sites that he excavated. In cooperation between American evangelists and the IAA, Oren began an initiative at the Biblical Tamar Park in 2006, where he organized a seminar during to study biblical archaeology, conservation, and archaeological field work. Oren taught the seminar, which saw great success and continued for several years. This experience introduced him to the work of the Evangelists and Christian Zionists for Israel, for which he has great appreciation.
In 2016, he completed his studies as a licensed tour guide. Since then, he has had the opportunity to guide various groups from United States. During his tours, he shares his expertise in the historical and archaeological backgrounds of the sites. He tries to incorporate, as much as possible, particular interests of the groups, connect the sites with the Bible stories as well as some taste of Jewish traditions in order to make the tourists’ experience more memorable.