Waste time. Be a loser. Forget. Leave some things undone. Are you a rule follower? Does the principle behind the rule matter to you? Dr. Jerry White, International President Emeritus of the Navigators, has written a book called "Rules to Live By: 52 Principles for a Better Life" that help people who may not know the Lord but want to live life well develop a curiosity behind rules that are based on Biblical principles. He teaches foundational things like how to respond to life when you fail and how to rethink your motivations. This is a convicting and challenging read. Don't miss this interview!
Dr. Jerry White is President Emeritus and Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Board of Directors of The Navigators, an international Christian organization with over 4,000 staff ministering in 105 countries, working with college students, military personnel, business and professional people and churches.
General White was born in Iowa and raised in Spokane, Washington. He attended the University of Washington and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1959. In 1964 he received a Masters Degree in Astronautics from The Air Force Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Astronautics from Purdue University in 1970.
Following graduation from the University of Washington, General White received a commission in the U.S. Air Force. During his 13-½ years of active duty he served in many capacities, including an assignment as a mission controller at Cape Kennedy during the height of the American space program. He also was an associate professor of astronautics at the Air Force Academy in Colorado for six years and co-authored a nationally recognized textbook on astrodynamics. General White resigned from active service in 1973, and then spent 24 years in the Air Force Reserves in a number of assignments, retiring July 1, 1997 as a major general. From 1992-1995 he served on the congressionally-mandated Reserve Forces Policy Board. He served the Air Force Association on its Board and Executive Committee,. In his last Reserve assignment, he served as mobilization assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Previously he served as mobilization assistant to the commanders of Electronic Systems Center and Aeronautical Systems Center. He also had assignments with what is now AF Space Command and the National Security Agency.
Dr. White first came into contact with The Navigators as a student at the University of Washington. Throughout his military career he maintained close contact with The Navigators, beginning the organization's ministries at the Air Force Academy and Purdue University. After several Regional Director roles, he accepted the position of Executive Director in June 1983. Dr. White became International President on June 18, 1986 and stepped out of the office on January 1, 2005.
Jerry and his wife, Mary, have written thirteen books on practical topics such as work, ethics, and parenting adult children. His latest books are Rules to Live By (NavPress, 2010), The Joseph Road (NavPress, 2009).. Some of these books are: The Christian in Mid-Life (1980, NavPress), Friends and Friendship (1982, NavPress), On The Job: Survival or Satisfaction (1988, NavPress) and When Your Kids Aren't Kids Anymore (1989, NavPress). Mary White has also published Growing Together: Building Your Family's Spiritual Life (1981, NavPress) and Harsh Grief, Gentle Hope (1995, NavPress). Dr. White has authored Honesty, Morality and Conscience (1996, NavPress), Making the Grade: A Guide to Excellence in College (1980, NavPress), The Church and the Parachurch: An Uneasy Marriage (1983, Multnomah Press), The Power of Commitment (1985, NavPress), and Choosing Plan A in a Plan B World: Living Out the Lordship of Christ (1987, NavPress), Dangers Men Face (1997, NavPress), and Making Peace with Reality: Ordering Your Life In A Chaotic World (2002), The Joseph Road (2009), Rules to Live By(2010).
In addition to his work with The Navigators, Dr. White is a nationally competitive handball player, a licensed commercial pilot, and an active member of his local church, having served on the church board. He is married to the former Mary Ann Knutson. They have four children, 11 grandchildren, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.