Don BartelFormer Nav Neighbors Mission Director

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.