Timeline of The Navigators
1926 Memorizing Scripture brings lumberyard worker Dawson Trotman to Christ at age 20. Dawson starts teaching Sunday school and spending time with teenage boys, teaching them how to grow in Christ.
1931 Dawson designs "The Wheel®" to illustrate Christian discipleship.
1933 Dawson disciples Les Spencer, who begins reaching other sailors aboard the U.S.S. West Virginia.
1934 The foundations of the Topical Memory System are laid as Dawson and others put together a list of 108 verses—three verses on each of 36 topics.
1941 The bombing of Pearl Harbor launches the United States into World War II and sends Navigator discipleship around the globe.
1949 Roy Robertson enters China as the first Navigator missionary.
1951 Dawson and his right-hand man, Lorne Sanny, develop follow-up materials for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
1953 The Navigators® purchase the Glen Eyrie® property and move to Colorado Springs the next year.
1956 Dawson Trotman drowns at Schroon Lake, New York, and Lorne Sanny becomes the organization's second president.
1957 Eagle Lake® holds its first youth camp. Junior high boys sleep in tents and cook their own food. Regular week-long camps begin the next year.
1963 Other countries begin sending Navigator missionaries.
1970 The 2:7 Series®, a now classic discipleship-training curriculum, is first introduced in a church setting.
1973 Beginning of the Design for Discipleship® studies.
1975 NavPress® publishing ministry is founded with the release of its first book, Her Name is Woman.
1978 The Pursuit of Holiness, the first book by Navigator Jerry Bridges, is released. It has sold 1.5 million copies to date.
1980 The Navigators' international profile is well established, as represented in a leadership conference at Glen Eyrie that drew 168 leaders of 26 nationalities representing 40-plus nations.
1981 NavPress begins publication of Discipleship Journal®.
1982 Navigator staff count reaches 2,000.
1990 Staff count reaches 3,000.
1996 The Navigators enters Togo, our 100th country.
2002 NavPress releases The Message®, Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of the Bible, after having released The Message New Testament in 1994.
2007 Discipling for Development, a holistic discipleship ministry in impoverished nations, joins with The Navigators in our first—and thus far only—merger.
2010 More than 4,600 Navigators of 70 nationalities serve in 100 countries, 170 languages, and among 220 peoples.