The Navigator Calling is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.
Navigator motto: Know Christ and make Him known
Our personal mission statement is to develop and coach disciples who make disciples.
Our greatest blessing is to see generations of disciples living as ambassadors in their world.
The challenge is finding and developing disciples who are willing and able to pass on their lives to a new generation.
Ron mentors and shepherds a network of disciplemakers and disciplemaking leaders across the country. Many of the men lead disciplemaking ministries of their own. He also speaks at men’s retreats.
Ron was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked for Boeing Aircraft and served as an infantry and military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army including a tour in Viet Nam.
Ron joined the staff of The Navigators in 1970. He has led and supervised collegiate ministries in the Midwest as well as served on the national leadership team for the Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry. As a senior Nav staff, he continues to coach Nav staff, disciplemakers, and disciplemaking leaders around the country.
Ron writes a monthly blog called “The Adventure of Discipleship” (www.rbennett.net).
The HighQuest Discipleship series (www.highquest.info)
HighQuest store (www.highquest.biz)
His book called Rethinking Discipleship: The Quest, was published in January 2021. The second book in the series, Rethinking Discipleship: The Design, was published in February 2022. Both books are available on Amazon/kindle
Ron and Mary live in the Kansas City area.
Mary grew up in Kalamazoo, MI where she graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA degree in secondary education. Mary came to faith at the age of 16 after a serious horse-riding accident. Mary taught high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan before leaving to join The Navigator staff at Ball State University in 1971. She married Ron in 1972 and continued on staff with The Navigators mentoring women in discipleship.
We recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary along with 52 years of ministry with The Navigators. We are grateful for the health and continued opportunity God is giving us to expand God's kingdom by investing in men and women who are becoming disciples and disciplemakers.