Nate and Caroline Daman
Nate's journey with The Navigators began as a high school student when he asked his Young Life area director to help him introduce his friends to Jesus Christ. Eric met with Nate weekly to read the Bible together, memorize verses together, and pray together that Nate's friends would come to know Jesus. Eric shared a booklet with Nate called "Born to Reproduce" written by the founder of The Navigators, Dawson Trotman. That little booklet briefly outlines how it is possible to reach the world with the Gospel in our generation by investing deeply in a few who will in turn invest deeply in others who will invest deeply in others. Never before had Nate seen the Great Commission (from Matthew 28:18-20) as something attainable. Since then, he's committed his life to being a part of this vision.
Caroline's faith was also deeply impacted through a few close friends and mentors she met through Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) while studying at Wellesley College. During her senior year she was invited to join staff with Campus Crusade after graduation to gain additional training and ministry experience as she continued to invest her time and energy into building relationships with students and helping to advance the Gospel in and among the colleges and universities in greater Boston.
Nate and Caroline met on a blind date (thanks, sis) in December of 2006. Nate was asked to join staff with The Navigators the summer of 2007, and when Nate and Caroline married in June 2008, Caroline also joined Nate as Navigator staff through the EDGE Corps program. They served together at WPI in Worcester, MA, and then were invited to continue their staff training at Penn State under the direction of Dave and Cathy Bowman. Nate and Caroline completed three years of staff training at Penn State, and since June 2012, they serve as the campus directors for the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Both Nate and Caroline have a passion to see what God is doing and be a part of it. They love New England. And they are thrilled to invest their lives in the next generation of leaders and laborers. They see the world (and the endless possibilities of gospel-fueled life and community transformation) through a few.
Nate and Caroline have four children: Olivia, Isaac, Sam, and Daniel.
Pierre and Deana Willems
Pierre received a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, spent nine years as a pastor, and continues to work part time in home construction and remodeling. Deana received a degree in Music and currently works part time as the Children’s Ministry Director at a local church.
Pierre and Deana desire to walk alongside college students and help them grow in their love and commitment to Christ during these formative years of faith-building.
Pierre and Deana have four children and enjoy time with them biking, hiking, and eating ice cream.
Peter received a degree in chemistry with an informal focus on high school education (UMass Amherst ‘18). He got involved in The Navigators as a first year student and returned as EDGE Corps staff out of a desire to disciple others as he was discipled. He’s a huge fan of board games, escape rooms and philosophy.