Who We Are

The Navs at K-State are a family of staff and students on a mission to know and make Jesus known. Read more about this mission here. Get to know our staff and some of our students below 🙂


Here are our wonderful staff members!  Click on each photo for more information about each member of the K-State Navigators team!


Jon and Trista Pagel grew up in Iowa and met in college at the University of Northern Iowa. They got married soon after graduating and came on staff right away in 2012. Before getting to Manhattan to direct the K-State Navs in 2016, they lived for 2 years in Fort Collins, CO. Their boys are Benaiah (7), Brody (5), Corbyn (5), and Carson (4). They love being active with their kids, caring for their two bunnies, cheering on the Yankees, reading, and hosting students in our home.
Photo of David and Amy and family.
David and Amy Torpen moved to Manhattan after 8 years in the banking industry in North Dakota and Wisconsin. We love opening up our home to college students and experiencing God in the ordinary things of life. We are passionate about trusting God to produce obedient disciples who will lead their families, their workplaces, and their communities in a way that honors Jesus for the rest of their lives.
Photo of Rich and Linda Llewelyn
Rich and Linda Llewelyn served with The Navigators in Indonesia for ten years and have been at K-State since 2006.  They continue as Associate Staff with The Navigators. Rich works in the department of agricultural economics at K-State.  They have two sons, Andy, who is an engineer in Dodge City, KS and Matt, who is studying at K-State.