Rice University Navigators

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Who Are the Rice University Navigators?

Our History

Actually, it all started with Jane Jarjour, a Hanszenite in the fall of 2010. Chuck Lloyd, a long-time Navigator who's been discipling businessmen, visited a bible study that one man had started with medical students. He asked them how one might get something going at Rice University and they suggested talking to Dr. Jarjour at Texas Children's Hospital. As it happened, Dr. Jarjour knew Dr. James Tour at Rice and set up a meeting for them. And, in another amazing coincidence, Dr. Tour had come to faith in Christ through the Navigators when he was a freshman at Syracuse. Consequently, he was eager to help get a Nav group going at Rice. Chuck also invited Dr. Jarjour's family to his home for dinner and learned that his daughter, Jane, would be entering Rice that fall. He invited Jane to help start a Navigator ministry at Rice and she was eager to help. Finally, Chuck invited Mike and Lisa Jackson, Associate Staff with the Navigators in the Houston area, to help start the work and they were also eager to help. That fall, Jane invited other freshmen to help her found what became the Rice University Navigators and we ended up with 3 regulars in a discipleship training group. 
That's our humble beginning. Where we go from here is up to the Lord, but we're having a fun ride!

Our Mission

To know Christ, to make Him known, and to help others do the same.

Our Method

We demonstrate the basics of maintaining a healthy and growing relationship with Jesus as well as how to help a friend do the same. There are many things involved in that, such as learning to grow in character and developing spiritual disciplines, but that's discipleship in a nutshell, and that's the focus of what we do.
This philospphy is based on passages like this one:
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who are also qualified to teach others." 2Timothy 2:2