True stories. Real people. Giving life.

Giving of Life was founded by two visionaries with a heart for transformation—Dan Maclellan and Russell Courtney of The SoulCare Project.

They started the unique web-based initiative in 2011 to revolutionize the way grassroots ministries grow and give life to the world—primarily by designing a hassle-free method for giving financial and promotional boosts to 501c3 organizations.

And now Giving of Life is meeting the following needs through its two core initiatives, The SoulCare Project and Build Me a World. We convene our target audience, curate a team of seasoned practitioners, and create strategic environments for them to develop new patterns for living in a fragmented world where people’s lives are splintering apart. We are on the frontier of helping people find an authentic Narrative that has been given since the beginning of time and helping them live that out.

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Dan MacLellan

Dan is an enigma for the most part—but not always. As President of Cornerstone Enrollment Services and co-founder of The SoulCare Project with Russell, Dan’s passion for vision has led him in a few directions in his life. His active mind and engagement with people and ideas often find him doing, but he’s beginning to mature and enjoy the blessing of being in life as well.

In his work, he enjoys opportunities to dream, engage, and create—and that’s exactly what he’s done with Giving of Life. What started as a reflection exercise on a retreat led to some discussion with the co-founders and then to what you see here. He wanted to hear how others were giving life and help them, no strings attached or hoops to jump through, just real stories from real people giving life each and every day. That’s the goal.

Follow Dan on Twitter @DanOmaclellan or Linkedin.

Russell Courtney

Russell is the spiritual mind behind The SoulCare Project, an organization that provides retreats for ministry and marketplace leaders. For the Giving of Life Grant, he’s filling a similar spiritual role by helping develop the philosophy that drives the grant.

After months of sharing life with Dan, the two wanted to hear how others were giving life in meaningful ways. Constantly seeking deeper meaning and purpose, Russell wants to hear what makes you who you are—no cookie cutter ideas that organizations sometimes have, just honest stories with real purpose.

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Hayne Steen

Hayne Steen is our Director of Counseling and Care as well as a counselor in private practice with Elbow Tree Christian Counseling. His passion and gifts are great compliment to what The SoulCare Project provides for leaders. Hayne grew up on the northeast Florida coast where met his wife Ruth Ann while attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where they were both students and Young Life leaders. Since then they both have been serving in full time ministry with Young Life and the local church all over the state of Florida, in Atlanta and most recently serving on the ministry staff of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church and the Chattanooga Youth Network. Hayne and his wife continue to live on Signal Mountain with their three children Vanessa (12), Sam (11) and Sadie (9) where they enjoy living, playing and worshipping in an amazing community of their family and friends.

follow Hayne on twitter @HayneSteen or LinkedIn.

Chris Woodhull

Chris Woodhull has come on board at The SoulCare Project to serve as a Strategic Advisor. He is a seasoned soul care provider practicing in Chattanooga, TN. Chris is currently a missionary in residence at The Mission Chattanooga focusing on two city wide initiatives: Build Me a World, a youth development project and Creative Citizenship, promoting civic engagement. His background includes eight years on Knoxville city council and twenty plus years running an inner city ministry outreach to young gang affiliated men, using business as a platform for development. He completed the Graduate Program in Spiritual Disciplines at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also on the Leighton Ford Ministry Leadership team hosting and teaching spiritual mentoring and disciplines to ministers around the world.

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisWoodhull