Hamilton Field Leader
Navigators invest personal time, one to one, with individuals and small groups, influencing people to follow Christ, establish new believers in their faith and train them to do the same.
This was reflected in my own story. After being a Christian for two years I needed someone to disciple me. In my third year at RMC, I joined a Navigator Bible study meeting every Wednesday night. Navstaff Tom Taylor began to meet with me weekly and helped to build the basics into my life: learning how to pray, to read the Bible, to memorize verses and to share my faith. I saw the gap narrow between talking and living. I could see myself growing.
After graduation I spent six years at UWO learning how to lead a disciplemaking ministry and in 1983, my wife, Lynette and I came to Hamilton to help to lead the campus work at McMaster. I have been here ever since, investing in young adults. In the last 30 years I have had several responsibilities, including leading our campus work in Ontario, developing a one-year leadership program, and working on many national projects. We have seen several young leaders join our staff and continue the ministry elsewhere. My deepest desire is to equip the next generation of leaders.
My passion is to leave my fingerprints on the godly hearts of young reproducing leaders.
Currently I am delighted to coordinate our ministry in Hamilton in a new city strategy, and help to build a staff team, working on the campus and in the city. Specifically, I lead our campus team and lead a ministry to medical students. Also I mentor young people in life skills, biblical character qualities, and ministry skill. We also lead a home church. Two of our three children are married and all are involved in various forms of ministry.
We will accomplish our Navigator calling by investing in clusters of young people who will become labourers, reproducing their lives in others.
Amanda (Mills) De Santis
Amanda grew up in Guelph as the oldest of 4 children. She moved to Hamilton to do her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at McMaster. During her undergrad years, she came to know Jesus personally, which changed the direction of her life. Instead of going into speech therapy, she followed God’s call to work with students at McMaster University. She has been working part time with the Navigators since she graduated in 2009. She loves working one on one with students and seeing them grow closer to God, no matter where their starting point is.
As well as the Navigators, she also works part time at a church as their administrator and is working on her Masters of Theological Studies at Divinity College. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family, sit down with a good book or play a game of ultimate frisbee.
Darci holds an Honours Biology/Psychology degree from McMaster University, and an Education degree from Brock University. After several years of teaching secondary school Science, she left the workforce to raise her young family.
First introduced to the Navigators as a second-year university student, Darci has been involved with the organization in some capacity for the past 17 years.
She is excited to live out Titus 2: 4 & 5 as she mentors young women on the campus.In her spare time, Darci enjoys reading, crocheting, and quality time with her family. Darci, her husband, Chris, and their three children live in Hamilton, Ontario.
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