Nav Neighbors

We are a mission of The Navigators with a focus on local communities, neighborhoods, and relational networks. We're here to connect with those who live, work, and play all around us.

As we like to say, we're "next door to everyone" and desire to make a difference for good and for God in their lives.

Please see the link to the right if you're interested in finding a particular staff member or staff in a particular community. We would love to connect with you—indeed, that's what Nav Neighbors is all about!

If you would lke to learn more about The Navigators in general, please click here.

As leader of the Nav Neighbors Mission, Al has a passion to develop lifelong laborers in neighborhoods, communities, and natural affinity groups. 
“My heart’s desire is to help laborers successfully live out the love and life of Christ right where they live,” Al says. “I believe that God is planting these men and women next door to everyone, and the Nav Neighbors Mission will serve them as they advance the Gospel through their natural life networks.” 
Al came to this role through a unique pathway—the military. He began serving with the United States Army in 1975. During his time in the Armed Forces, he served in several intelligence and logistics roles, and was deployed during Operation Desert Storm. He served in the Army National Guard until 2006. He has also served on staff with The Navigators since 1986.
This afforded Al and his wife, Iris, the opportunity to pioneer community-focused ministries in the United States and across Europe. Prior to his most recent role as the Navs Army director,

Al was the leader of Nav ministries in Seattle from 2006-2011. Al and Iris have two adult children and a son-in-law. They currently live in Seattle, Washington, where they enjoy spending time outdoors.

Don Bartel met The Navigators at the University of Virginia. While working as a chemical engineer, Don led a Military Ministry in Norfolk, Virginia; started a Community Ministry in Williamsburg, Virginia; and pioneered a Collegiate Ministry in Rochester, New York.

Don became full-time Navigator staff in 1979, pioneering a Collegiate Ministry at the University of Pennsylvania and a Community Ministry in the Philadelphia area.

Since 1991, Don has served in national leadership in the Community Ministries and the Metro Mission.

Today, as interim Nav Neighbors director, Don says: “I am committed to resourcing, empowering, and serving our staff and lifelong laborers who are helping to launch movements of the Gospel modeled after our Navigator Vision Statement."

Don and his wife, Jean, have two married children and three grandchildren.