on faculty since 2010
Ed.D., Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2011
M.A., Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1997
B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1993
Diplôme d’Étude de la Langue Française au Degré Supérieur from the Institut Français d’Amérique Latine, République Française.
With his home literally collapsing around him, Mauricio Nava found “blessings in disguise” despite the hardship he experienced during the earthquake that devastated Mexico City in 1985. When that disaster nearly destroyed his city, Nava discovered a truth that carried him through the difficulties he and his family faced: “that the Lord is our joy and our treasure, and true joy cannot exist apart from him. Love and joy of life are not tied to a certain type of house or situation; that even hard situations come with blessings in disguise.”
Nava, recalling the days of being temporarily homeless after the earthquake, likens that brief interval in his life to what the early church must have been like.
“Everyone in the neighborhood shared food, blankets, and friendship as perhaps the early church did as described in the New Testament. We had bonfires in the street to cook, and laughter and joy abounded in the middle of national crisis and hardship.”
Nava never forgot the lessons he learned through adversity as a child and today finds it easier to relate to people whose lives have never been easy. More important, he perceives his calling as a teacher/mentor to be a gift from God and believes firmly that each of us is called to use the gifts God has given us and to share those gifts with others.
In his own case, he sees the objective of Christian education as being “to prepare God’s people for service where they can be lights to the world and further God’s kingdom.” Teachers should have a love for God’s Word and for all people, whether or not they are part of the body of believers. That is where Nava finds the nexus of his two passions: education and evangelism.
In addition to teaching, Nava applies his gifts and abilities in foreign mission fields in countries where he can use his French and Spanish language skills. While he and his wife have pursued research for their doctoral programs, they also have served the Lord during summer mission experiences in Manzanillo, Mexico, South Africa and Paris, France. In 2008, he went to Haiti, where his work was considered quite valuable because of his involvement in leadership and educational studies, and because he could communicate in French with the local leaders.
Nava’s academic background has prepared him well for his role at Trinity as a professor of Spanish and French. After he earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Spanish and French from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, he continued his studies at Minnesota State University and achieved a master of liberal arts degree. He is ABD towards an Ed.D. degree in education administration from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and also holds a Diplôme d’Étude de la Langue Française au Degré Supérieur from the Institut Français d’Amérique Latine, République Française. He has also given lectures and workshops regarding teacher training at various schools throughout Mexico and France.
Nava and his wife, Faith Marie, now make their home in Naperville with their two children.