The Navigators is a ministry that shares the gospel of Jesus and helps people grow in their relationship with Him through Life-to-Life™ discipleship, creating spiritual generations of believers. Since its founding in 1933, The Navigators has upheld the mission “To know Christ, make Him known, and help others do the same™.”
The Navigators is focused on developing disciples person-by-person-by-person and encouraging spiritual growth across life stages. A disciple is someone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, intentionally learns from Him, and strives to live more like Him. Discipleship means intentionally helping people learn from and live more like Christ by praying with them, spending time together in His Word, walking alongside them in everyday life, and equipping them to do the same with others. God is transforming lives through these spiritual generations.
To share the gospel and disciple all people in all places, The Navigators includes a wide variety of ministries and a broad family of missionaries, supporters, and volunteers. The Navigators reaches and disciples people in need of the gospel where they work, live, and play: on college campuses and military bases, in inner cities, workplaces, and local communities, and in hard to reach places.
Through Life-to-Life™ relationships, The Navigators discipleship fulfills the message of 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (NIV).”
The Navigators offers tools and an online resource library to equip believers and help them live out Life-to-Life™ discipleship in their own lives.
Mutua Mahiaini has been serving with The Navigators for more than 36 years—first, as a staff member, then as national director in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire before being appointed Africa regional director in 1998. Mutua committed his life to Christ as a child and was discipled by The Navigators. Mutua has a master’s degree in French and taught in Kenya before joining The Navigators staff in 1981. Mutua and his wife, Stephanie, were married in 1982 and have four adult children.
Dr. Doug Nuenke came to know Christ at Texas Christian University through the influence of a group of friends. In his early years with The Navigators he helped to create and direct the EDGE Corps® program. Doug was selected as U.S. president of The Navigators in 2008, and continues to lead with the fervor that only comes from a continually growing and passionate relationship with God. Doug and his wife, Pam, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and have three adult children.
Chairman, U.S. Board of Directors
DG Elmore became chairman of The Navigators board of directors in August 2011, after serving on the board for 14 years. DG was introduced to The Navigators while at Indiana University, when he and his wife, Gini, became involved in a Navigators Bible study. Today, he continues to live out the values of The Navigators in his many business ventures and among his family and friends. DG and Gini live in Bloomington, Indiana, and are the parents of six teenage and adult children.
Board of Directors
Letter from the President
Many people have asked me, “What is a Navigator?” Some might think a Navigator is a person who receives a paycheck from the organization. Others may consider a Navigator to be anyone who is involved in a Navigator ministry. Yet there is a more exciting and world-changing answer.
What sets us apart as Navigators is this distinctive phrase in our Calling statement: “generations of laborers, living and discipling among the lost.”
The Navigators founder Dawson Trotman described what we today call “laborers” (from Matthew 9:36-38 ESV):
“A reproducing Christian doesn’t have to be an orator, and he doesn’t have to have a stimulating personality. He doesn’t have to be beautiful or have an outstanding education . . . I believe it’s time that all the children of God, each one of them, began to think of himself as a producer and to think of those he reaches for Christ as reproducers. Don’t be satisfied until you see your grandchildren in the Lord and then, in time, some great-grandchildren.” (The Navigator, p. 156).
Here’s what stands above all else when we consider what a “Navigator” is: someone who engages in our broken world, bringing good news to those yet to know Christ. Through life-to-life discipleship, they help people grow deeper in relationship with Jesus Christ, and teach them how to do the same for others—producing spiritual generations of disciples.
Through each of us, God can cause a ripple of spiritual generations that will change the world!
You are invited to read Doug’s blog at makingwaves.navigators.org.