reaching the world through the campus

The Navigators at Kansas State University are a family of students on a mission to know Christ, make him known, and help others do the same.

Our passion is to reproduce disciples through intentional 1:1 training as students experience the transforming power of the gospel and learn to personally engage with the scriptures and non-believers around them.

“If we can win the university today, we will win the world tomorrow”. – Bill Bright


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2020 Fall Kickoff

Hey there!

If you are a student at K-State we want to welcome you to campus and invite you to join us as one of the following events as the Fall 2020 semester begins. We are on campus to help you know Christ and make him known. Whether you grew up in the church or have never touched a Bible, you are welcome here.

Below is everything you need to know about how to find us the first month of class.

You can see our live google calendar for the year here and don’t forget to check out our Instagram page (navigators_ksu) to find out more about Bible study leaders, fun giveaways, and more!


FIRST. If you are a freshmen or transfer student, we have something special just for you! Make sure to show up to our first Nav Night (TH, Aug 20th; 7pm at 1828 Platt St) for your welcome bag that includes a $5 gift card to Varsity Donuts.


2ICE CREAM SOCIAL. Don’t miss our first event for ALL YOU CAN EAT ICE CREAM on SAT, Aug 15th at 7pm! It will be close to campus and a fun way to get to know other students, hear about other fall events, join a Community Group, and more.


4LAWN PARTY. Join us for some frisbee, volleyball, and other fun yard games (Kubb included) on Tuesday, Aug 18th at 7pm outside Goodnow Hall.


5NAV NIGHT. Don’t miss our first large group worship night in person since mid-March. This is a great place to hear more about our vision of discipleship and evangelism on campus, meet Community Group Leaders, praise God through song, and hear a word from the Scriptures. We can’t wait and hope to see you there!

9BONFIRE AND S’MORES. What better way to finish the first week of class than with some s’mores? And of course, yes there will be plenty peanut butter to put on them. 8pm at 400 Oakdale Drive (address of the campus directors, Jon and Trista Pagel).


7COMMUNITY GROUPS. The Navs are a place to be known and loved. These groups of 4-10 a perfect place to experience those kind of life changing relationships as you study God’s Word together. Unfamiliar with the Bible? That’s ok, we would love to help you. You can sign up here already and see more of our 1 Thessalonians study here.

New Here?

Untitled designHi, my name is Jon Pagel, I’m the campus director for the Navs here. Thanks for checking our page out! Whether you are a freshmen, transfer, or an upperclassmen curious about spiritual things…. this is the place for you. Below are three steps you can take to get to know us more:

1 Fill out our new student info here so we can connect with you on campus the first week of school!

2 Check out the semester calendar and consider joining us at one of the following…

  • Nav Night is our weekly worship night where we have some fun and hear a talk from the Bible.
  • Community groups are a weekly student led small group of 5-10 that study the Bible and grow in relationship together. They meet on various nights.
  • 1:1 Discipleship meetings happen all throughout the week with the goal of intentionally growing in our faith. If you are interested in a staff or student discipling you, let us know here.
  • Check our more things we do during the semester here 

3 Check out the blog! Read some thoughts and reflections  about the transforming power of the gospel that draws us into radically authentic relationships. Or read about who we are as a ministry and what we hope to accomplish here at K-State.

Whatever you decide or wherever you go, we want you to feel welcomed / loved but also challenged / exhorted because we have a God who pursues (in the person and work of Jesus) the undeserving, weak, broken, and messed up while taking sin seriously. And that, is a very very good thing.

Good to meet you and hope to see you around.


Give Your Brain to the Bible with us this Summer

“We christians are also called to follow Jesus, the blessed man who meditated on the Bible day and night. We are to be flourishing trees like Jesus, and we get that way by giving our brains to the Bible (mic drop and close the curtain).”

– What is Biblical Theology, by James Hamilton; parenthesis added

Summers can be a hard time for students spiritually. Their rhythms change, their environments change, sources of spiritual nourishment can change, etc…

So this summer we want to encourage you to,”give your brains to the Bible” by having a staff or student share each week what they are reading and learning in the Bible. It is nothing fancy or profound. Just to say that we are with you and hope you will join us this summer as we “give our brains to the Bible”!

Two things quick:

  1. If you need a plan or somewhere to start, let this give you some ideas. Just use something and get going.
  2. As you read it (and discuss it with others because the Bible is meant to just be taken in on your own), check out our tips on how to grow in your Bible literacy.


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Transformed Lives

Joining the Navigators my freshman year was huge for my spiritual growth! I was born and raised in a Christ-following home, but coming to K-State was the first time I had to claim my faith as my own.


One of the reasons I was curious about Navs was because of their emphasis on one-on-one discipleship. I felt like this could be a place where I would be fully known. I joined a bible study and quickly found my first impressions to be true. There, I was challenged to deepen my relationship with God and form healthy spiritual habits.


I was involved with the K-State Navs until I graduated, and the most impactful part of my time with them was the community. I formed connections with people who took a genuine interest in my life and followed it up with faithful actions.


Weekly coffee dates with mentors, bible studies, and NavNights became a natural part of my routine. Additionally, I was lucky enough to meet my best friends who have continued to encourage me long after graduation. My experience ultimately helped me lay a solid faith foundation, grow a heart for the Nations, and build lifelong friendships.

Elaine 2018 Graduate

The Navigators at K-State were the catalyst through which my knowledge of God became a relationship with God. This was modeled to me by both students and staff who were willing to open their lives to me, inviting me to join them in walking with God.


Bible studies with other students showed me how to read and study the Bible in meaningful, purposeful ways. Events like Main Event and Laborers were a great opportunity to get away from school for a weekend, fellowship with, and learn with other believers. Programs such as Jax STP and Short-term overseas missions provided opportunities to step out of my comfort zone along with other believers into spaces where my faith would grow.


I met lifelong friends through the Navs at K-State. My previous friendships became even stronger. And God opened my eyes to truths that have strengthened my faith in Him.

Grant 2017 Graduate