Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

Al and Bonnie Navarro

Retiring to Fulfill the Mission

Story by Tamyra Horst

The Navarros retired earlier this year—Al from the Hope Channel and Bonnie from the Pacific Union Conference—and joined the Pennsylvania Conference Planned Giving team. However, they are beginning their retirement a little bit differently than the norm of vacationing and spending time with grandchildren.

“We’ve spent the last 20 years helping connect people with opportunities to make a lasting impact on God’s work,” Al says. Bonnie began her work as a critical care nurse before going to law school. Licensed in five states, including Pennsylvania, she has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, focused on planned giving for the church. Al worked as an optometrist before joining Bonnie to help church members understand how to use wills, revocable living trusts, charitable gift annuities and remainder trusts, revocable cash asset trusts and direct IRA rollovers to support God’s work, while providing tax savings and income.

They are excited to provide no-cost estate planning documents to church members who benefit God’s work. “I would love to see funds come in to support evangelism, education and especially Blue Mountain Academy (BMA),” shares Al, a BMA alumnus. “I want to see the day when Pastor Gibbs has to tell constituents, ‘Give no more! We have more than we need.’”

The Navarros will provide a seminar on planned giving opportunities, June 10–14, at the Pennsylvania Conference Camp Meeting. For more information, email or

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