Identity. Passion. Purpose.

Our Team

 The Narrow Gate Foundation Team


Executive Directors

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer – Executive Director

Bill was raised in a small town in Northeast MO. He was an active young man interested in many things from building to wrestling to cars to music. Eventually his love for music brought him to Nashville where he worked in the music industry for almost 15 years. But it was his love for Jesus and the Word of God that eventually overcame his love for music and at 40 years old, God revealed Bill’s true purpose – to disciple young men and teach the Bible in unique and engaging ways. Bill is an ordained minister and sought after speaker. When he isn’t teaching at the Lodge, Bill spends time making guitars, tending to his 6 Mediterranean donkeys or traveling.



Stacy Spencer

Stacy Spencer – Executive Director

Stacy came to Nashville by way of Mississippi and is a graduate of Belmont University. She enjoyed a rewarding career in the TV & Film industry before encountering Jesus and having her entire perspective on life radically change. Her passion these days is sharing life and truth with everyone she encounters and as the “mom” of Narrow Gate, she has learned how to live in the midst of hundreds of men! Relaxing for her involves gardening, reading, and just being outdoors. Fun fact: Stacy was a national clogging champ!


Communications Team

Hope Smith

Hope Smith – Communications Coordinator

Hope joined the Narrow Gate staff in June 2018. As the Communications Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating internal and external messaging, ensuring brand consistency, and helping to tell the Narrow Gate story through digital marketing, social media, print media and video. When she isn’t working, Hope enjoys reading, playing the piano, and swing dancing.  


Ali Smith

Ali Smith – Communications Assistant

Ali joined the Narrow Gate staff in June 2018. As the Communications Assistant, she executes and oversees all social media management, digital marketing, and print media for Narrow Gate Trading Co. and TN Box Beams. Ali lives in Franklin with her husband (and Narrow Gate graduate) Blake Smith.

Creative Team

Josh Meyers

Josh Meyers – Web and Programming Lead

Josh came to Narrow Gate as a student in September 2011. After graduating in the spring of 2013, Josh spent time abroad, working in Japan. He joined Narrow Gate staff in February 2018, bringing his valuable knowledge of coding to the creative team. Josh’s role as Programmer includes maintaining the websites, developing new content, customer tech support, and creating new websites. Because of his experience abroad, Josh is very involved in the Middle Tennessee Japanese community, and loves to cook authentic Japanese cuisine in his spare time.


Raphe Boutte

Raphe Boutte – Photo and Video Lead

Raphe began his journey as a student at Narrow Gate in March 2017. After graduation, he lived in Ireland for a season, spreading the gospel to students. He came on staff at Narrow Gate as Assistant Creative Director in January 2018 and in 2019 became head of his department. His role is to manage, organize, and execute all things photography and videography, video editing, audio production, and digital communications. He also teaches and serves with the Narrow Gate students often. When he isn’t busy making great content for the foundation, Raphe loves hiking, camping, traveling, and playing guitar.


    Julian Birke

Julian Birke – Graphic Design Lead

Julian became an intern at Narrow Gate after graduating from the program in October 2017. After serving as an intern, Julian was brought on board as staff to serve on the creative team as our Motion Graphics Artist. By creating text animations, video transitions, print pieces, and illustrations, Julian helps turn raw footage into the exceptional videos you experience on our websites and social media pages. In his spare time, Julian likes making music, listening to podcasts, and reading a good book.


Artisan Team

Grant Batson

Grant Batson – Director of Artisan Education

Grant joined the Narrow Gate staff in January 2019. Prior to Narrow Gate, Grant has been trained by craftsmen in Copenhagen and Italy, and created his own world-class guitar-making business. Grant continues to develop and expand our craftsmanship curriculum in our wood, leather, and metal shops. He spends time in the woodshop personally investing and equipping the young men in ALL our initiatives: Narrow Gate Lodge, Narrow Gate Trading Co., and Narrow Gate Exchange. A consummate learner, traveler, lover of Jesus and true craftsman, Grant lives in Williamsport, TN with his lovely wife Jill and their four children.




Mullin Green – Artisan Shops Coordinator

Mullin joined the Narrow Gate staff in January 2019. Mullin came to Narrow Gate in 2017 as a student looking to discover WHO he was and WHY he was here. He was raised in a missionary family based in Papa New Guinea. After Graduating in 2018, Mullin was asked to stay on and intern in our woodshop. After successfully completing his internship, Mullin was invited to join the staff as our Artisan Shops Coordinator. He works everyday alongside Master Craftsman, Grant Batson, and is developing world-class woodworking and leadership skills.