Founder & President /// Bill@NarrowGateEFL.com
Bill Lohnes believes every ministry needs to start with a troubled heart.
His passion for discipleship is based on two current statistics from the Barna Group, a leading faith and culture research organization:
- Less than 1 in 10 Christians walk like authentic Christians
- 75% of Christian youth who attend college fall away from Christianity prior to graduating
“If we become lukewarm in our faith, how can we expect our children to have a foundation for their behavior or their witness?” Bill asks.
A Midwesterner raised in the Lutheran church, Bill moved to Atlanta in 1992, with his wife, Paula, and two children, to pursue a job opportunity in his field of finance. Occasionally attending a neighborhood church with his family, Bill preferred to sleep in on Sundays and watch his favorite bass fishing show. But, his 13-year-old daughter, Holly, quickly made friends at church and began to attend regularly, eventually becoming involved in a youth discipleship program.
In 1998, a series of events, including a devastating job loss and Holly’s witness to him at the foot of his bed, led Bill to attend a Bible study in a couple’s home. Four years later, after being faithfully mentored by Christian discipler, John Musselman, Bill surrendered his life to Christ and committed himself to discipleship.
Bill and Paula joined Mount Pisgah UMC in January 2003. During the same year, Bill left a highly successful career with a series of high profile investment firms to rededicate himself to his family and start his own financial planning business focused on using biblical principles. At the same time, he began forging a path for Narrow Gate, with the goal of giving away as much information on Christian discipleship to as many people as possible.
Co-Founder and VP
Paula Lohnes grew up in a small Ohio town as a “cultural” Christian who received salvation at age 14 during an evangelist’s visit to town. From that point until age 54, she describes her life as 40 years “wondering” in the desert. An honors student and gifted athlete, Paula developed questions about her faith in college as she was exposed to many good people whose beliefs ranged from Judaism to atheism. While her own belief in God never wavered, she drifted to a philosophy of relativism, concluding that truth was not absolute, but rather relative to frame of reference.
After a college knee injury sidelined her athletic pursuits, Paula graduated and became a wife and mother of two. Although she stayed involved in sports as a high school coach, even an active life could not keep her from suffering with mild depression as her husband, Bill, became highly successful in his career. A reconnection with another passion, tennis, provided some fulfillment as she officiated professional matches over the next 13 years.
As life continued, Paula continued to ponder its purpose. She explored Shirley’s MacLaine’s book about reincarnation and interviewed a female minister she admired, but no answers were revealed. She began to challenge her own perceptions of relative truth, wondering, “How can everything be true?”
In 1992, the Lohnes family moved from the Midwest to Atlanta, and 13-year-old daughter, Holly, began attending church as well as a youth discipleship program. One Sunday evening, Holly broke into tears at the edge of her mother’s bed. “Mom and Dad,” Holly said, “I’m afraid I’m not going to see you in heaven.” At that moment, Paula became a seeker of God’s truth. Four years later, after a series of intensive Bible studies, Paula surrendered her heart to Christ 40 years after her original date of salvation, but only a month after her husband had taken the same leap of faith.
In 2003, Paula and Bill joined Mount Pisgah UMC, where Bill was led to introduce a group of men to the discipleship study he had just completed. Witnessing the positive changes in her husband gave Paula the desire to follow suit in women’s ministry.
Executive Director /// Mark@NarrowGateEFL.com
Mark and Tammy Danzey, along with Bill and Paula formalized Narrow Gate as a 501(c)3 in 2014.
Mark is passionate about Making Disciples and joined Narrow Gate as Executive Director on August 1, 2020. Mark is a native of Miami, FL, but he has called Johns Creek, GA home for the last 15 years. Mark and Tammy have been married since 2003, have four grown children and one prized grandson.
Mark holds a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary and has served as pastor in four different United Methodist churches as an Ordained Deacon since 1993. He is also a certified pastoral sexual addiction professional, a registered domestic/divorce mediator and a certified professional life coach. As a disciple maker, Mark leads multiple discipleship groups per week, and has taught disciple making throughout the U.S. and several international countries including: Russia, Spain, Poland and Central America.
Director of Operations /// email@example.com
Rita Felice joined Narrow Gate in October 2020 as the Director of Operations. She served as a Children’s Pastor for 14 years. The last 5 years she has been the Director of Children’s Ministry overseeing all of the operations and functions of a large ministry. During her tenure she developed and implemented a disciple-making culture among children and families. Hundreds of children came to know Jesus as their personal Savior and began a discipleship process fueled by a partnership with parents and dedicated small groups leaders. She comes to Narrow Gate with a passion to disciple and mentor disciple-makers for Jesus, and credits Bill and Paula Lohnes with fueling that passion through their personal mentoring and discipling of her for the last 10 years.
Tammy Danzey is a communications manager at Southern Company, an American gas and electric utility holding company. Born in Macon, Georgia, she has spent most of her life in Atlanta but has lived in small Georgia towns such as Statesboro and Jesup, as well as cities including Houston and Brussels.
She and her husband, Mark, have four children. Tammy has been a corporate communications professional for corporations, agencies and her own clients for more than 30 years.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing Management from the University of Georgia.
In her spare time, Tammy enjoys entertaining family and friends, discipling women, designing and renovating homes, decorating, playing piano and golf, gardening and cheering for her Georgia Bulldogs.
Rev. Adam Borneman serves on staff with Macedonian Ministry as Program Director. Adam plays a key role in MMF’s overall strategic development and program implementation, and is also significantly engaged with our program through curriculum development, workshop leadership, group facilitation training, and coaching.
Raised in Snellville, GA, he is a graduate of Samford University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA (M.Div., Th.M.), and came to Macedonian Ministry after serving as pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL.
In addition to serving with Macedonian Ministry, Rev. Borneman stays busy with writing projects, cycling, hiking, fretting over professional baseball, and spending time with his wife Jessica and two young daughters, Maggie and Hannah.
Doug is CEO of SiteOne Landscape Supply in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining SiteOne, Mr. Black was President and COO of Oldcastle Inc., an integrated building materials manufacturer and distributor and a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish-based CRH plc. Prior to Oldcastle, Mr. Black’s business career began at McKinsey & Company in 1992 where he led strategy, sales force effectiveness and plant improvement projects in the telecommunications, airline, lumber, paper and packaging industries.
While serving as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer from 1986 to 1990, he completed construction projects in the Southeastern U.S., Central America and South America. Mr. Black earned an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business as a Fuqua Scholar and a B.S. in Mathematical Science/Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, where he was an AP all-American fullback and NCAA Scholar Athlete.
Additional Board Members:
- Lee Jamison
- Cameron Pierce
- Kristi Pierce
Bios coming soon.