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Shane Ecklund

Founder/President/Board of Directors

Shane was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He moved to Tennessee in 2011 when he and his wife Faith felt the tug to move to the greater Nashville area. Shane has served in several ministry capacities for the better part of 23 years and two different church plants along the way.

For the last 6 years, Shane has had the opportunity to serve the Young Adults of Williamson County and beyond. Currently, Shane serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Grace Chapel Fairview. He is a Co-Founder of “The Collective” and considers it an absolute honor to serve and partner with the Churches of Middle Tennessee to impact the Young Adults of our region.

Faith Ecklund

Founder/Vice-President & Treasurer/Board of Directors

Faith is a worship leader, songwriter and speaker. Her unique story of personal tragedy has opened doors for her to step into her calling to be used by God in ways she could have never imagined. She is a native of Tacoma, WA., and graduate of The University of Washington with a BA in organizational leadership.

Faith came to Nashville with her husband, Shane in 2011. For the last 6 years, she has discipled Young Adults in various walks of life, but passionately in the area of worship. She co-founded The Collective in 2021 with the idea that we could see an incredible movement of people; To see the Church pouring into Young Adults, and equipping them to lead and change the World.

Ian Gilchrist

Board of Directors

Ian is a local Tennessean from the Nashville area. In 2008 he began serving in ministry with Middle Schoolers and he has not looked back since. Ian is married to the love of his life, Amanda, and has four amazing kids. His heart is to see people understand who they are in Christ!

Ian serves as the Sr. Pastor of Grace Chapel Fairview and has been in full time teaching ministry for the last 10 years. He’s a graduate of the National Institute of Christian Leadership and received his Master’s degree in Ministry Leadership from Richmont Graduate University.

Jim Baker

Board of Directors

Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Jim currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Nashville Capital Network and the investment committees of NCN Angel Fund II, LP and NCN Partners Fund. He also actively manages family investments in public and private companies and has served on the board of directors of Independence Trust Company and Neighbor MD.

Jim resides in Franklin, TN, with his wife Valerie, and their daughter Victoria, a freshman at Belmont University. Their eldest son Jay and his wife Madison live in Nashville with their grandsons James and Bryce. Jay is an associate with Nashville Capital Network. Their son Jordan (see below) also lives in Franklin, TN.

Robert Noland

Board of Directors

After forty-plus years in church and para-church ministry, Robert Noland is a freelance author and writer represented by WTA Media. He has collaborated with authors such as Bart Millard (MercyMe), Michael W. Smith, Barry Zito (MLB pitcher), and Craig Groeschel, as well as penned multiple projects in coordination with faith films such as I Can Only Imagine, An Interview With God, and I Still Believe. Robert has also released his own best-selling men’s devotionals The Sword & Shield and Legacy of Leaders, as well as a discipleship book titled Believe, Become, Be: Becoming the Man God Believes You Can Be.

Robert’s calling has always been to present the Gospel through all forms of artistic media. He lives outside Franklin, Tennessee with his wife of 35-plus years and has two adult sons, both musicians. Visit RobertNoland.com or his Amazon Author page.

Cody Hutchin

Co-Founder/Board of Directors

Cody grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a native of Portland, OR. His college years were spent in Greenville, IL where he played football and studied communications at Greenville University. A move to Nashville in 2013 brought about opportunities for Cody to grow in his God-given gifts and talents. His leadership abilities were sharpened, and he grew as a worship leader and songwriter.

Cody has walked with Shane and Faith for the last 6 years in ministry and is a co-founder of “The Collective.” He is a Sales professional, excelling in multiple facets while leading the way amongst his peers. He cherishes spending time with his dog Frank, and he loves hiking, hunting, fishing and camping …basically anything outdoors!

Ashley Barnes

Secretary

Ashley is a Health Coach and Seattle-native, now residing in the great state of Tennessee with her very handy husband, Richard, and their super cute, baseball-loving son, Landon.

In 2013 Ashley graduated from Champions Centre Leadership College in Tacoma, WA with an Associate’s in Church Leadership & Ministry. Hospitality is her jam. She loves to make people laugh and most importantly, feel welcomed. Ashley can often be found if you just listen for the very distinct, and super loud laughter coming from across the room, store, or town. She’s also got a knack for keeping things organized, so naturally, she was appointed as the Secretary of The Collective to put her gifting to good use!

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