About NavHistory

NavHistory aims to preserve the story of our Worldwide Partnership and to foster an informed understanding of our God-given heritage. Our vision is to serve Navigator leaders and staff, as well as researchers and the public.

The Worldwide Partnership of The Navigators started in the 1930s with a few people studying the Bible together and learning how to imitate Christ in daily life. During World War II, the movement expanded to help American servicemen. Today, a multinational family of Navigators helps people in 115 countries "to know Christ and to make Him known."


Glenn McMahan, Managing Editor
Sarah Miles, Assistant Editor
Cindy Kuhn, Assistant to Donald McGilchrist
Dick Fischer, History Consultant


Susan Fletcher, Editor
Patrick Kochanasz, Assistant Editor

Recent Articles

The Topical Memory System

The Topical Memory System

November 7, 2018

The Topical Memory System is one of The Navigators’ most well-loved study methods. How did the TMS come to be? In 1926 Dawson Trotman came to faith in Christ through Scripture memory. One day on his way to work, a passage that he had memorized for a church contest flashed in his head: John 14:12 “Verily, […]



November 5, 2018

  One of the earliest forms of Navigator correspondence is V-mail. V-mail (short for “Victory Mail”) was a mail process used by the Unites States during WWII for secure and cost-effective communication with soldiers stationed around the world. In 1943 Dawson Trotman began utilizing this method of communication to pass along updates from the early […]

Materials and Communications: Pt. 1

August 17, 2018

Summary: This article explores our use of materials from the 1950s until the birth of US NavPress in 1975. It reviews our efforts to help people gain a solid grasp of the Scriptures and to support our ministries and objectives. The article addresses our overseas policy conference in 1961 because it was seminal in discerning […]



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Women in The Navigators

Dawson Trotman 1st World Trip 1948

Dawson Trotman’s First World Trip

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