Founding & Growth
In 1997, at the age of 35, Rich Wyler entered therapy for extreme distress over same-sex attractions and out-of-control sexual behaviors. He was in crisis — his self-esteem shattered, his marriage teetering on collapse, thoughts of suicide intensifying.
Two years later, after weekly individual and group therapy, Twelve Step work, deep emotional work in a men’s personal-growth network, personal mentoring, and a meaningful spiritual journey with pastoral counseling, Rich completed his professional therapy sessions — vastly happier, more at peace, and sexually sober. His marriage was thriving. His self-esteem was greatly improved. He had built a network of supportive, authentic friendships unlike anything he’d previously experienced. His same-sex attraction felt like a mere shadow of the former power it had held over his life.
Website of Testimonials Launches
Driven to share his life-changing (and life-saving!) experience with others who were now where he once was, Rich sought out a dozen other men who had had similarly powerful, life-changing experiences. They published their first-hand accounts on a newly created website. That was September 2000.
Online Community Begins
In January 2001, well before the social media revolution took off, Rich began hosting online discussion groups through Yahoo! for the website’s followers who were grappling with these same issues. A community of support and brotherhood was born. Today, these communities continue online through private Facebook groups.
Journey Into Manhood Begins
Then, in January 2002, Rich created the first Journey Into Manhood experiential weekend program for men conflicted over their same-sex attractions. He partnered with a professional counselor and other volunteers to present the first Journey Into Manhood experience, in Maryland, USA. Twenty-three men came from 12 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Australia to experience it.
Word quickly spread of the powerful breakthrough experience and the supportive community of like-minded brothers. Dozens of peer-volunteers were trained to present Journey Into Manhood several times a year across the U.S. — and, beginning in 2006, overseas as well.
A Community for Wives Is Born
In 2009, Rich partnered with Mary Jane Morgan, the wife of another leader-volunteer in our community, to create an experiential weekend intensive for wives. And a community of support for wives and other affected women began.
In 2019, we renamed this weekend experience “A Woman Who Loves” and broadened our outreach to any women personally affected by a man’s SSA, sexual addictions, or betrayals.
We Re-brand as “Brothers Road”
In 2016, we re-branded and renamed ourselves “Brothers on a Road Less Traveled” (“Brothers Road,” for short) to better communicate who we are and what we believe.
2000 — We launch our original website with the personal stories of about a dozen men who had experienced a shift in the nature or intensity of their same-sex attractions.
2001 — We launch our first online discussion group (through Yahoo!) for men who experience internal conflict around their same-sex attractions.
2002 — We create the first “Journey Into Manhood” weekend experience, in Maryland USA.
2002 — We become a registered non-profit organization, based in Virginia, USA.
2007 — We offer Journey Into Manhood outside the U.S. for the first time — in England.
2007 — We migrate our Yahoo community support to Facebook.
2008 — We begin offering video-conference coaching and support groups for men called “Journey Together.”
2009 — We launch the “Wife’s Healing Journey” weekend experience (later renamed “A Woman Who Loves”), in Texas, for women personally affected by a man’s same-sex attractions, secrets, or betrayal.
2010 — We begin offering video-conference coaching and support groups, now called “A Woman’s Heart,” for women personally affected by a man’s same-sex attractions.
2012 — We offer Journey Into Manhood in Israel for the first time — the first bilingual (English-Hebrew) Journey Into Manhood.
2014 — The 2,000th “journeyer” attends Journey Into Manhood.
2014 — We present the Journey Into Manhood experience in Poland for the first time, offering simultaneous translation into multiple languages.
2016 — We change the legal name of our organization to Brothers on a Road Less Traveled (“Brothers Road,” for short).
2016 — We present Journey Into Manhood for the 100th time. Some 2,500 men from 45 U.S. states and 40 countries had participated since the first Journey Into Manhood by this time.
2018 — We offer Journey Into Manhood in Colombia, South America, for the first time — the first Spanish-language Journey Into Manhood.
2019 — We offer Journey Into Manhood in Mexico, for the first time.