Kenya native Mutua Mahiaini was named international president and general director for The Navigators, a global Christian disciple ministry based in Colorado Springs.
Before joining the international executive team as vice president in 2011, he spent 30 years working with the organization in Kenya, where he led a successful campus ministry at Kenyatta University and served as The Navigator's country leader before becoming regional director for Africa in 1998. Mahiaini and his wife, Stephanie, moved to Colorado Springs in 2012.
"In the last three and a half years, Mutua and Stephanie have traveled extensively and ministered widely, building relationships of trust around our worldwide partnership," said Mike Treneer, who is stepping down in April after holding the group's top post for the past decade. "They have gained a solid understanding of the Navigator ministries in many parts of the world."
Mahiaini, 60, is the first African president of The Navigators, which started as a ministry to U.S. Navy servicemen in the 1930s and now oversees approximately 5,000 ministry workers in more than 100 countries.