Navigators Selects Next U.S. Director

The U.S. Navigators has selected Marvin Campbell to lead the 88-year old ministry. Current U.S. Director Doug Nuenke is in his unprecedented third term and will be transitioning out of the role at the end of October.

Campbell, a Baltimore, Maryland native, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 and served for 20 years on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Navy before joining The Navigators staff.

Marvin Campbell
Marvin Campbell

“The Board appoints Marvin Campbell to this role with much joy and confidence that God led throughout this selection process,” stated D.G. Elmore, chairman of the U.S. Navigators Board of Directors. “Marvin is a trusted leader – a man with a lifelong commitment to making disciples who make disciples. I’m excited to work with him in leading The Navigators to continue our Calling of advancing the gospel into the nations!”

Founded by Dawson Trotman in 1933 as a ministry primarily to sailors in the U.S. Navy, The Navigators has remained true to the mission, “To know Christ, make Him known, and help others do the same®.” With 2,800 U.S. staff serving in 50 countries, The Navigators is focused on developing disciples person-by-person-by-person and encouraging spiritual growth across life stages.

The Navigators International President Mutua Mahiaini of Kenya said of the selection process, “The Holy Spirit came clearly and mightily, leading 39 diverse Navigator leaders through a vigorous journey that ended in joyfully, faithfully recommending Marvin Campbell to the board of directors as the U.S. director candidate.”

Because of the focus on Life-to-Life® discipleship, The Navigators ministers to people wherever they are: on college campuses, military bases, in inner cities, workplaces, and communities in the U.S. and abroad. Whether they engage in our ministry as employees, volunteers, or simply as fellow believers, The Navigators are disciples making disciples.

“This is a truly humbling and sobering moment, as I enter a role that I do not take lightly,” said Campbell. “To lead The Navigators in the U.S. is an honor and a privilege, but also assumes a great responsibility to steward the legacy of God’s favor on our work. I commit my vision and my leadership to listening to the Holy Spirit, as we together engage in the task that He has entrusted to us in this season ahead.”

Campbell currently resides in Delaware with Pamala, his wife of 31 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Since 1933, The Navigators have developed disciples by sharing the gospel, studying the Bible, and praying together— face-to-face and person-by-person, in an approach we call Life-to-Life discipleship. With 2,800 U.S. staff in 50 countries, plus countless thousands of Navigators making disciples where they live, work, and play, Life-to-Life discipleship builds authentic relationships that help people grow into a deeper relationship with Christ, and open the door for the Holy Spirit in all aspects of their lives.


  1. Dear Marvin n Pamela Campbell, congratulations on your election as US director. God uses you according to His plan.

    Greetings from Indonesia. (We met at ILG.)

  2. Congratulations to you, Marvin and Pamala, and may continue to bless you both as you take this critical role. We have confidence God is going to minister to and bless us through and the work we all love so much you in the coming years!

  3. Huge congratulations to the Navigators for selecting a strong, godly leader. Marvin we trust GOD and we stand with you and will pray hard for you.
    GOD does all things well, May he bless you to lead with humility and skill.

  4. Dear Marvin Campbell, Congratulation for the New job as US Nav’s ND. We will remember to pray for you, that God will use you to lead the US Nav to the next stage of development.
    In His Love,
    Badu n Wati Situmoarang
    Bandung – Indonesia

  5. G’day Marvin from Australia. Congratulations on the new role. May your desire to be led by the Holy Spirit in all you do be accomplished to the glory of God. Praying for you and your family as you enter this new season of leadership.

  6. We have been praying for Baltimore, MD, since our daughter was a student there.
    I wonder if you have any plans for that area?

  7. May the Lord give you all the enablement and be your guide as you serve him in the new assignment. Glory be to God and congratulations

  8. My husband and I were with he Navigators for many years. He has passed away. I am retired now but I did pray with others about the selection. God bless you, Marvin, in your new role.

  9. Chuck, Lee and Ruth Roscoe here. How R U all doing? Catch us up sometime. Living in Schertz, TX, a NE suburb of San Antonio. We have 3 adult daughters, 2 married, and one 10 year old grandson. Our single daughter is a very talented actress: “”. In the trailer, she is the “Mom” who asks her daughter why she has not raised her white flag in commitment to Christ. Both Ruth and I are now retired seniors and military veterans ministering mostly through our local church home.

  10. Encouraged to have been discipled by Navigators over 50 years ago at Tuskegee Institute. Praise God for His selection of Marvin and his bride to this leadership position.

  11. Marvin (and Pam) not surprised and remember well the few years you were in our church in New Orleans. By the sufficient grace of God may you “wear well” the responsibility and OPPORTUNITY. Amen!

  12. Congratulations from up North in Canada! May God bless, direct, speak and declare His Redemption to the Nations through wise, grace-filled, bold and kind leadership! Thankful for both you and Pamala and God’s Anointing!

  13. May Our Great God richly bless all of your endeavors toward enriching His Kingdom work and growth. Blessings to those who supported you in this blessed vocation.🙌☝️👏👏👏☺️

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