Bill & Stacy Spencer founded Narrow Gate Foundation in 2004 when they invited two young men to come stay in their home. Adam Stoner & Rob Rogers were both 19 years old and looking for direction in life. While living with the Spencers, Rob & Adam shared their dream of starting a wilderness program to help other young men like them.
“We wanted to create something for guys like us who had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives. We had both tried college right out of High School and it was an enormous failure for us both. We didn’t know how to get started, so we asked Bill & Stacy to help. From then on our dream just grew until it became a reality.” – Adam
“I didn’t know anything about God when Bill & Stacy invited me into their home, I was just glad to find a safe place to land that wasn’t my parent’s house. While living with Bill & Stacy I watched how they interacted and I wanted the peace they displayed. I became interested in knowing more about the “God” they talked about so often and it wasn’t long before I asked Christ into my life. Since then my life has radically changed.” – Rob
By the end of 2004 Bill and Stacy had seven young men living in their three bedroom, two bath house and they realized God was up to something very special. In time, faithful friends supported the Spencers in establishing a not-for-profit organization and the Foundation was born. Since the Lodge doors opened 15 years ago, over 400 young men have experienced life transformation and the discovery of Truth.
In 2013, through the gifts of generous partners, Narrow Gate Foundation launched Narrow Gate Trading Co., a wood, metal and leather shop designed to employ Narrow Gate students and graduates – engaging them in business enterprise and craftsmanship. Narrow Gate Trading Co. produces and distributes beautifully hand-crafted wood and leather goods, and every purchase helps support the work of Narrow Gate Foundation.
In 2018 Narrow Gate Foundation launched its newest initiative: Narrow Gate Exchange. The mission of NGE is to train and equip qualified individuals from countries across the world to create sustainable Kingdom businesses. We want to see communities and nations transformed with the whole gospel of Jesus Christ, and witness emerging economies blessed and strengthened with jobs and hope.
Over the coming decades our Narrow Gate Foundation vision will continue to grow. We believe in Christ’s mandate to love, serve and make disciples. We are dedicated to our calling and hope you will join us in this endeavor.