My brother attended Narrow Gates this past year (2016 ),and it has been life changing, for he and our relationship. My brother dropped out of college to pursue music which didn't turn out like he expected and without a college degree I watched his self confidence plummet. He found a place among a crowd of partiers, which were not a good influence. It broke my heart to watch my best friend slowly lose his joy for life, thinking it was found in the nightlife. He wasn't the brother I knew anymore. After a lot of prayers, a few wonderful people entered his life, and told my brother about Narrow Gates. My brother recently graduated and his love for life his back! His mind, soul and heart are wise, sound and full of abundant joy. He now has two jobs, is active in his church and feels called to lead in ministry one day. Most important, his relationship with God is stronger than ever. He no longer carries a weight of guilt around for he knows God loves him regardless. Narrow Gates changed my brother's life. The leaders, teachers, and skills the boys learn at Narrow Gates will help any young man in life, and I recommend this beautiful place in a heartbeat!
Narrow Gate is a place where I could disconnect from the noise of this world and be reconnected to God, interacting with his creation and growing as a person with guys from across the US. I am forever grateful for the new lease on life that I experienced through the saving grace and power of Jesus Christ while at Narrow Gate. If you are looking for the next step in life as a young man and want more out of life, considering joining this family!
My name is Nate, and My story is one of radical intervention in which Jesus used the experience of Narrowgate to show me that I was created for a purpose, that loving and being loved is the best of life, and that I have a Father in heaven who adores me with Holy love.
It is amazing to continually hear of the stories of redemption and restoration that come from this amazing organization. I’m extremely thankful for their presence I our community.
Narrow Gate Foundation has my changed my life. I came here in September of 2018, and this has been the best experience and season of my life. First off the property is beautiful! Narrow Gate is a place to just get away for awhile from your normal everyday routine, meet new people, and strengthen your relationship with God. The relationships I have made here will be lifelong relationships, and that is because we all wanted one thing, and that is purpose. I love my brothers that I have met here. The staff is amazing. They're so loving, caring, and kind! I am a better man today because of Narrow Gate!
I've been to rehab before and that is not what this place is. Narrow Gate is like a family to me now although I thought it was like a program at first. Came here to change myself and am leaving this place willing to change others. 10 out of 10 Would Recommend
My experience with Narrow Gate has been the richest 7 months of my life. Through my encounter with this place and it's people I have learned so much about myself and relationships and God that exceeds any other curriculum, book or program. Christ is truly at the center of this place.
I had the chance to visit Narrow Gate Lodge and had a wonderful experience. You could feel the presence of God at work just by walking around and talking to the students and staff. Bill and Stacy and the entire team are doing amazing work in their community and around the world. We are praying for more and more lives to be touched and restored as the ministry at Narrow Gate Lodge continues to grow.
Narrow Gate Foundation changed my life. It did just that, laid the foundation that the rest of my life would be founded on. Today, no matter what happens in life, I am able to lean on the truths that I was able to soak in at Narrow Gate. I am so grateful for the directors, staff, and supporter of Narrow Gate. I have no idea where I would be today if it were not for the grace of God taking me to such an amazing place to learn who He is and what He says about me!
I enjoy supporting this ministry because I have witnessed, first hand, the impact Narrow Gate Foundation has on the hearts and minds of young men. Narrow Gate's impact on a young man's personhood and occupational life is effective no matter that how great or small the student's challenges are.
Narrow Gate is a life-changing organization that God is using and growing in mighty ways! I am blessed to know and interact with a lot of the guys who go through this program, and I am always struck by the grace and power they have encountered at Narrow Gate when they share their stories of redemption. Narrow Gate gives these young men space and time to see God for who He really is, to cultivate a relationship with Him that is personal and genuine, and they leave the program ready to impact the world for good. Narrow Gate makes disciples who then go out and change the world. Praise God for this place!
After first attending The Refuge church, I had heard about a place called NarrowGate. It was supposed to be a place where young men went, but I wasn't sure what it was exactly and continued to hear it mentioned.
I finally made the decision that I needed to go visit this pace, when someone had said, "of course everyone has been to NarrowGate". It was right then that I decided I needed to make the time.
Our 27th year wedding anniversary was coming up soon, during Valentines week. I had already planned to take the day off. My wife Tracy and I already had plans to go to the local movie theater that night, including dinner before beforehand. That morning, I went to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, and afterwards, I was wide open.
When I pulled into NarrowGate, it appeared to be a vacation lodge. After being greeted by several young men, I was able to meet w/ Weston Brann, as previously planned. He gave me a tour of several areas and then I was given a further involved tour by some of the gentlemen I had previously met at The Refuge church. They showed me where they ate, where they studied, where they worked, where they slept, where they prayed. They could actually go outside to the beautiful outdoors and pray wherever they were standing, or kneeling.
When I was done with a good portion of the tour, it reminded me of the many Retreats I had taken throughout the years. These including both my time in high school, as I went to an All-male high school and retreats were part of the curriculum norm. And this setting also reminded me of when Tracy and I had gone to them as a young married couple.
The layout, although close to town, is secluded, peaceful and serene. One could definitely find the time and mood to reflect, gather one's thoughts and feelings, and make decisions that would ultimately be Life, game-changers.
I invite anyone and all to pay a visit to NarrowGate to see firsthand where lives are changing.
Narrow Gate Foundation has made a forever impact on my life as well as the life of my husband who graduated the program in July of 2015. Before Narrow Gate Blake was at a very delicate place in life where he was trying to figure out who he was and why he existed. A question that all of us wrestle through at some point in life. When he was 18 he took the leap of faith to start the program and never looked back. At NG he learned in depth biblical knowledge, life skills, true community, and found a security in Christ that he had never experienced before! He found brothers and made real relationships that will last a lifetime. We got married on the Narrow Gate property last year, as it is a very special place for the both of us! What he learned and experienced will carry him through the rest of his life! We are so grateful for Bill and Stacy and the whole staff and team at Narrow Gate for pouring their life and heart into this ministry!
Our family will be forever grateful for Narrow Gate. Narrow Gate provided a place where our son not only renewed his commitment to Jesus; he found himself and the brothers he desperately needed. The Narrow Gate staff lovingly offered the structure and the Spirit-filled guidance that has helped Sam mature as a young man. We are always available to answer questions and pray with you.
God has set Narrow Gate apart as a healing ground and place to know him. Narrow Gate was the best decision I have ever made. My knowledge of the Bible and relationship with Christ has been established permanently. If I could do it 4x over I would in a heartbeat.!
I graduated from Narrow Gate in 2016 and nothing has been the same since I showed up to the property. My life COMPLETELY changed during my stay there. I found purpose in my life for the first time, came to understand what family truly looks like and ultimately discovered who God truly is. Going to Narrow Gate was one of the best decisions of my life.
God has used Narrow Gate to change my life forever, and I am forever grateful! I’ve been able to experience the true joy of knowing God starting at Narrow Gate. Whether it be the Appalachian Trail, the artisan work shops, awesome Bible studies, and simply living in a Christ-centered community, God has changed me, transformed, and shaped me into the disciple that He desires and knows the true joy of serving and knowing Him. Thank you to Bill and Stacy, all the staff, and those involved with Narrow Gate who helped create and maintain the place that I’ve experienced God like never before! Narrow Gate will always mean home and family to me. God bless.
Narrow Gate has been an exceptional family for my son. He was in a place of indecision, confusion and overall complacency. His time at Narrow Gate caused him to think about his purpose in life, the gifts that he has to offer the world around him, and the importance of quality relationships that honor God. My son has some medical issues and the staff were amazing in their abilities to adapt to his needs. As you can see in the picture, quite a few people came out to see him graduate and encourage him on in his next steps of life. All were impressed with the grounds and commented on what a great place this is. I do not hesitate to recommend Narrow Gate to any young man that lacks purpose in his life or has had difficulty transitioning into manhood.
This place changed my brothers life ! He was really struggling and this place gave him passion, purpose, and a foundation in Christ.
Narrow Gate is THE BEST!! Before my husband and I dropped our son off at Narrow Gate last year, we were scared, mentally exhausted, and feeling hopeless. Our 23-year-old son had been struggling with substance abuse and addiction for many years, and had experienced failure after failure. He was lost, and so were we.
When we arrived at Narrow Gate, we were greeted by an amazing group of young men, students at Narrow Gate. They were all so friendly, polite, respectful, and they looked and seemed happy and healthy. We were impressed. And then, we got to meet the staff and hear more about what to expect during the next eight months for our son. We were further impressed by the wonderful staff. We sensed their commitment and dedication, and how much they genuinely cared for and believed in these struggling young men. When we left our son there at Narrow Gate that first day, we drove off feeling at peace and a sense of hope.
As the weeks and months went on, we witnessed a transformation in our son! It was absolutely amazing! He was an immature 23-year-old kid, with no direction or purpose when he started there, and transformed into a mature, respectful MAN, with direction, a purpose, a positive identity of himself in Christ, and equipped to function as a mature adult in this world. He learned about responsibility and hard work, and how to get along well with others, and problem solving. He enjoyed learning skills like woodworking, welding, cooking, budgeting money, resume writing, and more. He also loved studying and digging deep into God's word. He enjoyed the camaraderie and lifelong bonds and friendships that he formed while at Narrow Gate. And he met so many incredible people along the way! For a young man who wasn't so sure he wanted to even go to Narrow Gate, he later expressed many times how very glad he did!!
I really cannot say enough good things about Narrow Gate Lodge! It truly was a life changer for our son!! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this to other young men who are struggling in this world, no matter what the reason is. ❤️ Narrow Gate Foundation ❤️
Narrow Gate is an amazing organization that helped my son and our whole family. We couldn't be MORE pleased and thankful for the entire team at Narrow Gate! We will be actively promoting and suggesting NG to other young men who are facing challenges in their lives.