By Vanessa Garcia
The Navigators is a club devoted to Bible study for Amarillo College students who want to strengthen their relationship with Jesus.
Students in the club pray for one another and encourage and uplift one another in fellowship.
The club sponsor is David Zeigler, assistant director of the physical plant. His office is 101 Facilities Management Center. It is his ninth year as the sponsor.
Zeigler said the club’s purpose is to build strong character and humble hearts. “We want to be a resource to students and others,” Zeigler said. “And to help strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.”
Zeigler said the club’s motive is to equip students to navigate life and to take faith seriously. Its leaders seek to produce young men and women of Christ.
“It has really helped me study the Bible and get closer to God,” said Andrew Messenger, a mass communication major who has been in the club for three years.
Zeigler said that to join, students only have to show up at the meetings, where free pizza and punch are provided. The club meets at noon each Thursday in 106 College Union Building, which is on the first floor. When renovations begin inside the CUB, the Navigators will relocate their meetings to room 110 in the CUB basement.
“The reason why I joined is because I was really looking for a good Bible study on campus,” Messenger said. “I saw the Navigators club was a Bible study and had free pizza. You can’t beat free pizza.”
The Navigators club is an international, interdenominational club. Across all campuses, about 12,000 students are members. AC’s club has about 20 members.
“The reason others should join is because it’s a club full of people who yearn to learn more about God and his word,” Messenger said. He said the members genuinely care about people and what is going on in people’s lives.
The Navigators organization began in the 1930s when Dawson Trotman began ministering to a U.S. Navy sailor in a shipyard. Trotman helped the sailor navigate through life. They studied the Bible, prayed together for hours and memorized scriptures. The sailor told his shipmates of Trotman’s ministry, and the Navigators spread during 1933. The Navs later expanded their outreach to college students.
“The goal of the club is to know Christ and make him known, and that’s what I’ve learned how to do,” Messenger said.
The club works closely with the Navigators of West Texas A&M University. The women have a ladies night, and the men have a men’s outing day. Zeigler and the members travel to Denton for a weekend conference. They also hike and bike in Colorado.