A Page to Celebrate the Memories
The LORD used the ministry of the Navigators in each of our lives to draw us closer to Himself while we were at Marshall University. For some of us, that seems like a long time ago. This online reunion is to help bring back the memories, renew and keep friendships and relationships up-to-date, and encourage us in our walks with the LORD. May we all continue here to give Him the praise and honor and glory He deserves until we see Him face-to-face.
We're putting this together now. If you are one of this old gang and find this page, please look over it and e.mail us with an update on yourself and what you know about missing people and data--thanks!John Gwin firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
|Part One:||DIRECTORY of Those Involved in Nav-related Discipling Ministries at Marshall|
|Part Two:||TO SEND AN EMAIL to everyone at the same time|
|Part Three:||CORRESPONDENCE with Some of the Old Gang|
|Part Four:||A HISTORY in brief of the Nav Ministry at Marshall|
|Adkins, Brad and Nancy
Write me a letter.
|Brad and Nancy Adkins
6 Meadowwood Ests
Scott Depot, WV
|Brad and Nancy live in West Virginia between Charleston
Huntington. God led them back to WV to help their three
kids, and he
returned to banking, finishing a successful career from
which he is now
retired. He and Nancy spend their mornings in the Word
He's just finished the first draft of a book he's written
grandchildren. Brad and Nancy love to keep in touch with
past ministries, and they invite you to contact them.
Updated Summer 2005.
Brad and Nancy attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
|.||Retired Nav staff, Bank CEO|
|Andrews, Alan and Becky Ballengee||.||The Navigators
Colorado Springs, CO
Alan attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
|.||US Director, Navigators|
|Barbour, Bob and Phyllis Chafin||
||Robert and Phyllis Barbour
16424 State Rt. 243
Union Missionary Baptist Church
|We've learned that Bob retired from his pastorate and is
now living in Indiana.
|.||Pastor and Mrs. Bob
Son Bobby in college
|Bondurant, Ken and Linda Hager||
||Kenneth and Linda Bondurant
56 Township Road 1261
Proctorville, OH 45669-8527
|Ken attended the MARSHALL NAVS
REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
Drexell Thompson told me that Ken and Linda now live in North Carolina near the beach.
Updated Oct 2016.
|.||Ken went to Maranatha STP (1968?);
sold ice cream in Wash DC other summers;
Both retired Counselors
Jeremy 30, m._____; OSU dental school;
Gregory 26, BBA;
Natalie 13, at home;
|Bondurant, Tom||.||.||Drexell Thompson told me that Tom now lives in South
Updated Oct 2016.
|.||Was in Charleston for years
now in NC
m. Aug 31, 2002
|Bryan, Bill,||.||Bill Bryan
3663 Dubarry Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46226
|.||.||St. of Ind;
div. ; no ch.;
talked to mrs henry bryan
Pastor Henry d. nov 18 1988
lena powers was organist
curtis lena emmalena
libby stiltner grad fr tn temple lives in fl
richard stiltner lives in chi
|Burke, Mike and Sherry Quick||
|Michael C. and Sherry Burke
1466 Spring Valley Cir.
Huntington, WV 25704-9577
|.||.||Mike: data processing and quality control at
Labs for 17 yrs.;
Sherry: Educational therapist and diagnostician for learning disabled children with NILD;
Ruth Ann, 24
Seth, 22, WVIT
|Campbell, Bob and Phyllis||.||Robert and Phyllis Campbell
23 Heritage Lane
Shelby, NC 28150
|Bob attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.||.||.|
Jerry attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
(see Ron Spalding)
|.||.||Ron and Judy attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.||.||Mr. and Mrs. Coy and Gertrude Cross, her
(see Ron Stoner)
||(see Ron Stoner)||
|Engelkemier, Rex, and Marge Thornton||Rex and Marge Engelkemier
Des Moines, IA
|Foster, Tracy and
|.||Tracy and Theresa Foster
she's Gail's sister
(see Jones, Bill)
|(see Jones, Bill)||(see Jones, Bill)||
Bill and Debbie attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
||Missionaries to France|
|France, Eric and||.||.||.||.||.|
|Graham, Nolan m. Nancy Buell, M.D.||.||.||.||.||Television;
|Gwin, John and Sharon Hamrick||
||John and Sharon Gwin
1845 Anderson Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
|Sharon and I both accepted Christ in our home
of St. Albans, WV, she in elementary school and I four
years later as a
high school junior. I was active in my church's youth
group and in
for Christ my last year in high school. Bob Jackson
found me two years
later, near the end of my freshman year, and helped me
in my growth in
the Lord. Brad Adkins, Al Andrews, Bill Bryan, Bob
Barbour, and many
each played significant parts in my early growth as
Meanwhile, Sharon was getting lots of nurturing through the ministries of her high school youth leaders and, later at WV State College, with Campus Crusade for Christ. She even attended a Nav weekend conference in Blacksburg, VA, with us during those years. I remember that Janice Dolin, a brand-new believer and perhaps something of a "city girl", was also on that trip and riding in the same car with us. As we were driving through the countryside, a huge Black Angus cow or bull was grazing to our right, and Janice, clearly never having seen one before this, gasped, "Oh, look at that big ol' pig!"
I graduated from Marshall in Jan. 1970 as an army draftee with a BA in English. God led me back to Nav fellowship that summer while I was at Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX, where I got to minister with Dr. Dave and Pat Simon and Bill and Dottie Grant. After a tour in 'Nam where I was involved from afar in the ministry of Roger Fleming. I returned to Las Cruces to get some Nav training with Dwight Hill, worked at Denny's Restaurant, went back to school and graduated from NMSU in 1974 with a teaching degree.
Through Dwight and Ruth I got involved in the
of First Evangelical
Free Church of Las Cruces where Sharon and I still
serve the Lord today. Hal and
Jensen also played a very significant part in my life,
the Lord brought Sharon and me together. God gave us
to each other in
1976, and Jeremy, Charity, and Sarah to us in 1978,
1980, and 1981,
Sharon retired from Mesilla Valley Christian
Schools in May of 2011 after 28 years teaching there
for a total 33 years teaching. I retired in
December of 2013 after 40 years of teaching,
mostly with the Las Cruces
We have three wonderful children-in-law, Kara
(Douglas) Gwin, Beau
Pihlaja (Charity's husband),
and Jason Johnson
(Sarah's husband). God has also
given us six
D. (Feb 2003),
Ryan (Sep 2004), Tate (Apr 2006), and Zachary (Apr
two Pihlajas, Asher (Sep 2008) and Cressida (Dec
2010). All six of our
walking with the Lord, and all five grandchildren are
that direction constantly, for all of which we praise
Updated October 2016.
(see Bondurant, Ken)
(see Bondurant, Ken)
(see Bondurant, Ken)
(see Bondurant, Ken)
(see Bondurant, Ken)
|Counselor for underprivileged children, MU|
(see Gwin, John)
|(see Gwin, John)||(see Gwin, John)||
||Teacher, Christian School|
(see Tomberlin, Dan)
|Hoggsett, Bob and Ellen Miller||
|Bob and Ellen attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.||.||Pastor, Baptists in Community;
2. Allison (m. Eric Davis, 2 ch.)
|Jackson, Bob and Sandraemail@example.com
||4185 Fortress Dr.
Blacksbu rg, VA 24060
Bob Jackson, who grew up in Princeton, West Virginia, attended Marshall University from 1964 to 1967. He met Brad Adkins, the Navís campus representative, and Bob Barbour in the New Menís Dorm one evening during the second semester of his freshman year. Their invitation to a Bible study held in Bradís home was the beginning of Bobís relationship with the Navigators. Over the next two and one half years at Marshall and then during his senior year at North Carolina State University, where Bob transferred, he was involved in Navigator team activities. These included two ten-week summer training experiences in Washington DC and Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from NC State in 1968 with a BA in Geology.
Sensing a call to the pastoral ministry, Bob attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky for the 1968-69 academic year, and then moved to nearby Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington. He graduated from LTS in 1972 with a DMin degree. During seminary days, Bob pastored Morgan Christian Church in Morgan, Kentucky. There he met Sandra Smith of Moline, Illinois, who was then teaching at the nearby Morgan Elementary School. They were married in September of 1972.
Shortly after their marriage, the Jacksonís moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Bob became principal and Sandra taught at Southland Christian School. In 1973, the Jacksons moved to Atlanta where they became involved in the cityís Navigator community ministry. During their three years in Atlanta, Bob worked for Safeco Insurance Company in their Stone Mountain offices. Bob and Sandra also found a strong spiritual fellowship at Ingleside Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. Howard Cameron was pastor. The Jacksonís first child, Joel, was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta in 1975.
In 1976, again feeling the leading of God to the pastorate, Bob accepted the call of a small mission congregation in Hedgesville, West Virginia, in the Eastern Panhandle region of the state. For the next seven years, he and Sandra worked to establish Hedgesville Baptist Church and construct the congregationís first building. They also led in the founding of South Berkeley Baptist Church in Inwood, West Virginia. During their years in Hedgesville, son Jeremy and daughter Jennifer were born.
Toward the end of his tenure in Hedgesville, several leaders in the West Virginia convention of Southern Baptists influenced Bob to begin investigating denomination work. As a part of this process he attended a conference for potential Directors of Mission held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He was thus prepared for a call that came from the New River Baptist Association in Galax, Virginia in 1983. The position that Bob accepted was that of Director of Missions for the association. His responsibility was to provide direction to the missions efforts of thirty local Baptist congregations in Carroll and Grayson Counties. Sandra also accepted a teaching position with the Galax City Public Schools.
The Jacksonís fourteen years in Galax were fruitful in a number of ministry areas. They were involved in beginning the Tri-Area Crisis Pregnancy Center, the New River Baptist Bible Institute, and the Galax Hispanic Center. They were also involved in starting and leading a number of Precept Bible Studies in the area. In addition the Jacksonís were active at The First Baptist Church of Galax. Bob was also privileged to serve on the Galax School Board, rising to the position of Chairman of the Board. Sandra became Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
In 1997, Bob was asked by Dr. Reginald McDonald, Executive Director of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia, to take the position of Mission Resource Consultant for the Southwest area of Virginia, a region stretching from Jonesville, near the Kentucky border, to Christiansburg. This new assignment required a relocation to Abingdon, Virginia.
In his new role, Bob worked with 270 local Baptist congregations. He was also involved in planting five new churches in the communities of Bristol, Bluefield, Wytheville, Hillsville and Christiansburg. While living in Abingdon, Bob and Sandra were also active in the ministry of Northstar Baptist Church in the nearby community of Bristol. The Rev. Bill Houck was pastor.
The Jacksonís tenure in Abingdon, and with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, concluded when Bob decided to follow Godís leadership to Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech. His calling was to begin a new contemporary styled congregation in the university community, and the result was Northstar Church. The name of course was borrowed from the Jacksonís home church in Bristol.
Northstar Church grew over the six years of Bobís pastorate, but in 2008 at age 62, Bob felt it was time for a change. He thus submitted his resignation that summer, and the congregation began the search for a new pastor. At the same time, he and Sandra applied to International Students, Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colorado to become campus staff at Virginia Tech, working with international students. The Jacksonís now hold regular Bible studies, do retreats and host a variety of activities for students from around the globe who come to Tech primarily for graduate studies. In addition, Bob does interim pastoral ministry. At present he is interim at his home congregation of First Christian Church in Princeton, West Virginia, about an hour from Blacksburg.
As to the Jackson family, Joel is now a lawyer in Blacksburg. Jeremy is the assistant director of Caraway Camp and Conference Center in Asheboro, NC, and Jennifer is a Special Education teacher in Portsmouth Virginia. The Jacksons have two grandchildren, Violet and Lilly.
Bob looks back to that day when he was first contacted by the Navigators at Marshall University as the pivotal event in his spiritual pilgrimage. It was that event which gave him a passion for Bible study, evangelism and discipleship. Following the example of Brad Adkins and others during those college days, he and Sandra now work to see students in Blacksburg come to know Christ and grow to become His devoted followers.
Updated July 2010
the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo
|Jones, Bill and Debbie France||.||Bill and Debbie attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.||.||Missionaries to France|
|We are saddened to report that Ray is recently
deceased, but he is rejoicing with the Lord!
|McGuire, Don and Ann
||.||113 Lincoln Lane
La Grange, GA 30240
|Don and Ann attended the
MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
|Meadows, Dave||.||David Meadows?
3014 Laurel Ridge Rd
Culloden, WV 25510-9293
Tel.: (304) 743-1016
David W. Meadows?
|Miller, Ellen (see Hoggsett, Bob)||
||(see Hoggsett, Bob)||
Bob and Ellen attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
||(see Hoggsett, Bob)|
(see Burke, Mike)
|Smith, Edgar "Bud" and Barb
||.||103 Pine Knoll Terrace
St. Clairesville, OH 43950
Bud and Barb attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
|Spaulding, Ron and Judy
||6017 Dogwood Dr., Lincoln, NE 68516||
Ron and Judy Spaulding send a message of Christianity all over the world. They minister to future international student leaders who come to the USA to get their advanced degrees or as scholars to do research or teach. They are able to show Christianity to these students in ways that are not available in other countries such as China. Students return home to share their faith with colleagues, friends, and family members, and some start new ministries. Adnon from Saudi Arabia has been exposed to the Gospel of Christ in unbelievable ways. He has even smuggled a Bible into his country for one of his friends, at great risk, of course. Ron and Judy also have just returned from four months in Singapore, where they started an international student ministry on three different campuses. They major on evangelism and global follow up. Ron's focus is shepherding former students who are now filling pivotal leadership roles around the world, as "Imbedded Believers in High Places". Judy is the Administrative Leader for mobilizing volunteers and organizing ESL Programs. She also plans events which enable the ministry team members and volunteers to meet new students. Hospitality is one of her strategic gifts.
Pray that they would have rapport with international students and scholars with whom they come into contact in the months ahead, and that those who have heard the Gospel would respond favorably to the claims of Christ.
friends, although I
was very eager to write to you about
salvation we share, I felt I had to
Ron and Judy attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
|Stoner, Ron and Janice Dolin||
||Ronald L. and Janice Stoner
310 Barbara St.
Emmanuel Bapt. Ch.
|Jan was born in Madison, WV. Her father worked in
area of soil
conservation and her mother raised five children. At age
13 Jan moved
her mother and siblings to the area of Oakland, CA,
where she finished
Ron was born in Huntington, WV. His father was a carpenter, and his mother taught English and literature at Huntington East High School after raising six children. He grew up in a coal mining town called Holden and graduated from Logan High School in 1966.
After high school Jan returned to West Virginia where she attended Marshall University. She became involved with the Navigators, received Christ as her Lord and began to grow in her faith. She attended the Maranatha Bible Camp Summer Training Program as one of her early growth opportunities.
Ron received Christ as Savior and Lord through the ministry of the 20th Street Baptist Church during his freshman year at Marshall University. In his junior year he committed himself to follow God's call to ministry. On the day of that public commitment he met Jan, an early childhood major, who was committing her life to ministry. In June after graduation in 1970 they spoke sacred vows of marriage before God, family, and friends.
In August they began the great adventure of moving to Fort Worth, TX, where Ron attended seminary. Upon departure from West Virginia they had very little money, no job and no place to live in Texas. When they arrived, God provided every need including a job teaching kindergarten for Jan. She was the first white teacher in a black inner city school.
In the 3rd year of seminary Ron was pastor of the Tigertown Community Church in Northeast Texas.
Upon completion of the Master of Divinity Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1973, Jan and Ron returned to West Virginia in search of a church to serve. God led to the First Baptist Church of Ravenswood where they served for almost eleven years.
In 1977 they adopted Rhonda (age 6) and Shane
They are brother
and sister both biologically and in their adopted
family. What a step
faith to go from no children to two over a
Thanksgiving weekend. The
of life continues. Today they have three grandsons,
Shane, Jr. (9),
(5), and Jacob (3).
Jan attended the MARSHALL NAVS REUNION in June 2015--see photo below.
|Thompson, Drexell James, now James
||West Hamlin, Lincoln Co., WV
|Drexell called me in October 2016 after seeing this web
page, and we had a delightful visit after a 45-plus-year
He was born and raised in West Hamlin, Lincoln Co., WV. He accepted Christ at his home church in West Hamlin. then attended Marshall where he met Don McGuire and grew in his walk. He went to Maranatha Summer Training Program in North Platte, NE, with Ken Bondurant the summer of 1969. He transferred to VPI in Blacksburg and took classes there as well, then moved back home to help his parents. His dad died in 1984 and his mom in 2003, and he inherited the family home where he still lives. He has been a cashier at Sam's Club in South Charleston since his mom died. For many years he has gone by James rather than Drexell, and recently he made the change legally.
Updated October 2016.
|.||in Washington, DC,
(see Engelkemier, Rex)
||(see Engelkemier, Rex)||
|Tomberlin, Dan and Pat "Patsy" Hart||
||6656 Chaprice Lane
Montgomery, AL 36117
(cell--we did away
with land line).
|We came back to the South to help Danny's parents
as they both
were in bad health. Danny's father died last March just
after his 80th
birthday. In the past year, we have helped his mother
sell her family
and move into Montgomery where we are living now. She is
one block from us so we can check in on her frequently
and be there
she needs us. She is not in great health, but doing okay
has heart and lung problems. An added bonus was being
close to Mother
was only an hour and a half away. However, now she is in
I am managing the gift shop at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts here in Montgomery, and Danny is working as a designer at the newspaper as well as teaching Graphic Design on-line for Westwood College in Denver. Briana is married to Scott Hancock, a Montgomery native, and lives about five miles from us. Chris just came from San Francisco where he has been living for the past three or so years and is staying with us until he makes all the arrangements to go to Full Sail Film School in Orlando.
Briana & Scott blessed us with our first grandchild--≠Julia Hart Hancock--on Oct. 14th. She is a joy.
We still haven't gotten over being homesick for the West Coast as we loved San Francisco (2 years) and Seattle (2 years). Don't know how long we will be here. Probably will leave when Danny's mother passes away. We are thinking about Fort Lauderdale again. We love the beach and the energy of such a diversified city.
Keep in touch; ≠it is so good to hear from you. Address: 6656 Chaprice Lane, Montgomery, AL 36117. Phone: 334-414-0191 (cell--we did away with land line).
Love to all and God bless,
|.||Pat: Interior Design, Management
Dan: Graphic Arts, Museum Director
2 kids: Brianna and Chris
|Tubbs, Ed||.||.||After decades of faithful disciplemaking ministry--Kent
State, Eastern Europe, Marshall, to name a few places--God
called Ed home where he is rejoicing with the LORD!
..."cut and paste" all the
|addresses listed here:||"Rex and Marge Engelkemier" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "John and Sharon (Hamrick) Gwin" <email@example.com>, "Ron and Janice Stoner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Dan and Pat (Hart) Tomberlin" <email@example.com>,||.||.|
Date: Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:43:18 AM US/Mountain
Subject: MU Navigators reunion
What a cool idea to have a MU Navigator reunion online! I've often wondered about people who were involved. However, the information you sent out was sent to an old email address we had, so I didn't get it right away, and it's taken me forever to respond so...before I actually think about what to write, is the address still valid and are you still getting updates from people? Also, is there an accumulation of past responses? I would love to just hear about you and your family also, so I promise to take time soon to do that update. Two of my kids (Joanna and Joshua) are leaving Wednesday evening to attend an English camp in Poland where they will be part of a missions trip to teach English using the Bible. Any prayers on their behalf would be much appreciated!
Marge (Thornton) Engelkemier
|1965-66||Gwin and Frank Meadows living 1845 3rd Ave||Gwin and Frank Meadows living 1845 3rd Ave
Gwin in Jackson's BS, ___ Hall (old brick dorm)
|East Coast Conference, Massanetta Springs, VA: D. France, Gwin, Hart|
|1966-67||Adkinses to So. Ill.
Friday night rallies at Al's and Becky's 3rd floor attic apt. on (6th Ave?)
|Friday night rallies at Al's and Becky's||Maranatha STP: Adkins; Gwin (II); Hart (I);
Wash. D.C. (STF?) STP: Bryan; Campbell; Jackson;
|1967-68||Rallies at Meadows' home in W. Huntington
||Rallies at Meadows' home in W. Huntington||STEAM STP: Adkins; Gwin|
|1968-69||STEAM STP: Tubbs
Burke, Gwin, Jones, living at 21st St. and 5th Ave.
|1969-70||Bryan living at home
Burke, Gwin, Jones, living at 21st St. and 5th Ave.
|1970-71||Tubbs starts Students for Christ at MU