Bill & Stacy Spencer founded Narrow Gate in 2004 when they invited two young men to come stay in their home. Adam Stoner and Rob Rogers were both 19 years old and looking for direction in their lives. While living with the Spencers, Rob and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 Narrow Gate was born. Since Narrow Gate Lodge opened its doors, almost 500 young men have experienced life transformation and the discovery of Truth.
In 2013, through the gifts of generous partners, Narrow Gate launched its first craft business, a wood, metal and leather shop designed to employ Narrow Gate students and graduates, engaging them in business enterprise and craftsmanship. Originally called Narrow Gate Artisans, and then Narrow Gate Trading Co., the business became known as a source for quality, hand-crafted wood and leather goods where every purchase helped to support the work of Narrow Gate Lodge.
In 2018, Narrow Gate launched Narrow Gate Exchange to train and equip young men from other countries, enabling them to create sustainable Kingdom businesses with a goal of seeing communities and nations transformed with the whole gospel of Jesus Christ and emerging economies blessed and strengthened with jobs and hope.
Over the coming decades our Narrow Gate 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.