Overview of The Navigators®
FOUNDING: The Navigators was established in Southern California in 1933 by lumberyard worker Dawson Trotman after he saw the potential of reaching the world through discipleship. The Navigators is dedicated to training and walking with believers who will in turn train and walk with others in following Christ through authentic, purposeful relationships.
INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT: Mutua Mahiaini
U.S. PRESIDENT: Doug Nuenke
SLOGAN: To Know Christ and to Make Him Known®
STATEMENT OF CALLING: To advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.
SCOPE: More than 4,600 staff members of 70 nationalities serve in more than 100 countries, over 170 languages, and among 220 peoples.
Navigators are leaders equipped to disciple students, military personnel, businessmen and women, church leaders, inner-city families, and new believers from all walks of life to follow Christ as they navigate through life. You can view our complete list of ministries here: Ministry List.
The Navigators' founder, Dawson Trotman, developed classic spiritual growth tools like The Wheel®, which describes a balanced Christian life, and The Topical Memory System, a Bible verse memorization program, both of which are still used today by Navigators around the world.
Since 1953, Glen Eyrie® Camp and Conference Center has served as The Navigators' international “home.” Centered around a Tudor castle built by the founder of Colorado Springs, Glen Eyrie hosts more than 350 spiritual-growth retreats and conferences each year. Eagle Lake® Camp serves 2,700-plus campers annually.
Since its inception in 1975, NavPress®, The Navigators' publishing ministry, has been a distinguished Bible and book publisher. Described as Discipleship Inside Out™, NavPress' life-changing messages transform relationships, character, service, and influence. The Message®, a paraphrase of the Bible in modern English by Eugene Peterson, has sold almost 5 million copies and continues to be one of the most popular Bibles on the market.