The purpose of many groups is to give students a good support system throughout their college careers. One such group at Amarillo College is the Navigators.
According to Navigators.org, the Navigators are an international nondenominational Christian ministry that helps people grow in Jesus Christ as they navigate through life.
David Ziegler, the adviser for the Navigators at AC, said they strive to help students “walk the talk.”
The AC members meet at noon each Wednesday in room 106 of the College Union Buidling. Free pizza and punch are provided, and Ziegler said they have a devotional time.
“It’s not only for Bible knowledge, but to help with our everyday lives,” he said.
The mission of the Navigators is “to advance the gospel of Jesus and his kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.”
Many Navigators who start at AC continue to be active members of the group at West Texas A&M University.
Alyssa Evalle, a plant and science major at WTAMU, said her favorite part about being a member of the Navigators is feeling like the group is one big family.
“None of us hesitates to invite others to join the family,” Evalle said.
She said she met her fiancé through the Navigators and that they plan to get married in February 2015.
“It’s important for students to explore the truth claims about Jesus as well as the teachings he proposed,” said Mitch Williamson, adviser of the WT Navigators. “Each week we look in-depth at documents relayed by those eyewitnesses as we explore the teachings and character of Jesus.”
Williamson and Ziegler said the members at both AC and WT have men’s and women’s retreats.
At the men’s retreat, they do activities like paintball, night hiking, high ropes course and repelling. The women’s retreat is much more relaxed with coffee and big chairs.
Chris Tackett, a WT English major, said his favorite thing about being a part of the Navigators is the unity of the group.
“We form very deep relationships in a nonjudgmental environment,” he said.
Worldwide, the staff reaches almost 5,000 members and spans 70 nationalities. The official mission statement is “To know Christ and to make him known.”