The Carnegie Coffeehouse/Spenser's Underground opened its doors in June of 2007. It began as a shared vision between husband and wife Steve and Sandy Baskerville. Their son Spenser suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis and passed away November 2006.
The Baskervilles desired to remember the legacy of their son. Spenser was an outgoing person who did not let his affliction dampen his spirit. He was always willing to talk to anyone about anything. But most of all he had an excellent ability to share with ease his faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ.
The vision of a teen-centric, Christian coffeehouse became a reality with the purchase of the Carnegie Library building in downtown Spirit Lake, Iowa. Over the following 3 years it became readily apparent that God intended the purpose of the ministry to be teen and family ministry. Out of that vision Spenser's Underground (a non-profit ministry) was established.
S.U.M. is managed by a nine member board with Jo Megill as its Director of Ministries.
Spenser (1988 - 2006)