“The women who proclaim the good news are a mighty host!” - Psalm 68:11
Board of Directors
JULIE ELLIOTT-EICKENROTH President/Secretary Founder, Executive Director
Following her successful recovery from 23 years of debilitating, suicidal depression, Julie then spent her forties and the better part of ten years serving and learning at local therapy farm Peace Ranch. Volunteering at the ranch offered further personal healing and growth and helped her develop a therapeutic mindset as well as a skill set of working with horses, working on the land, and serving and leading others. There she experienced for herself the profound healing impact a natural farm environment of working with animals and working the land in the context of safe community offers the hurting and broken. She had the opportunity to participate in the growth of a nonprofit therapeutic farm and was its first college intern. About the same time, she served for five years on the board of a local nonprofit ministry serving single moms and worked as a life coach for a year and a half there as well.
After a season pursuing an education, during a day of prayer she received an unusual and powerful vision. That vision would become reality with the establishment of Freedom Farm Ministries Grand Traverse in 2016. Close family friend Jane Pace caught the vision for a faith-based farm ministry serving women, purchased a 2 ½ acre property outside the village of Kingsley, Michigan, and invited Julie and her husband Dave to come live there and launch Freedom Farm. Today the farm comprises two physical sites: the permaculture garden site where they live and the equine therapy site located a few minutes away on the property of a close friend. This dual-site arrangement has proved very workable until such time as a larger property can be purchased where all the therapeutic programs can be housed together.
DAVID EICKENROTH Vice President/Treasurer
A professional musician for many years, David Eickenroth played in rock bands around the Midwest and lived the life of a rock musician. He graduated from eastern Michigan University with a bachelors degree in English literature and history. Dave was born into the kingdom of God in 1972.
When he became a Christian, the Lord called him to be a psalmist and worship leader, which he has done faithfully for years. He has written many worship songs that have been used in some of the local fellowships and churches. Dave was also involved in the music business, starting and maintaining local guitar shops for over forty years.
David is now a staff member at the Grand Traverse House of Prayer and spends many hours worshiping and praying for the city, America and Israel. His one desire is to dwell in the house of the Lord and gaze upon His beauty. He is married to his beautiful wife Julie, a gifted teacher with a dynamic ministry called HeartSkills™ and the founder and Executive Director of Freedom Farm. They live in Kingsley, Michigan, where together they run Freedom Farm, enjoy their large extended family of children and grandchildren, and serve their community.
Dave Eickenroth with his grandson
Julie and Dave Eickenroth
JANE PACE Freedom Farm Board Member
After a divorce in 2013, I experienced how difficult it was to find acceptable, affordable housing. Because of my love of home and my heart to minister to women, I desired to provide quality, affordable homes for women going through similar situations. With God’s help, I bought my first home at the end of 2015. It was a major fixer upper which I eventually brought back to life and rented to a young woman.
I loved restoring the home as it was similar to the restoration God was doing in my life, bringing it out of the ashes. I wanted to do it again but knew it could take years helping one woman at a time. While praying about this, God dropped in my heart that if I provided a home for Dave and Julie to start Freedom Farm, I would be helping multitudes of women. I was excited and questioned Julie about what she needed concerning the home, land and location as well as her vision.
In 2017, I purchased a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home in Kingsley on 2.5 acres with a walkout basement. After fixing it up, Dave and Julie moved in and Freedom Farm had a physical birth place. The walkout has been made into a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. It is currently being used to provide a beautiful and affordable home for a young woman.
I believe God has blessed me financially so I can be a blessing and support to Freedom Farm and their mission. I bring my life experiences to the board of directors, mainly overcoming abuse, divorce, co-dependency and learning how to start over. I am honored to serve on the board and look forward to the time when I can do more hands-on ministry.
NAN MEYERS Freedom Farm Board Member
Nan Meyers has been a disciple of Jesus Christ since 1975. She is married with three adult sons and two grandchildren. She is a professional interior designer and owner of Meyers Interiors in Traverse City, MI. Nan has decades of ministry background both in lay and full-time capacities. She especially enjoys teaching the Word and facilitating small groups. She has known David and Julie Eickenroth for over 20 years, and loves their hearts and integrity and the vision of Freedom Farm.
KATIE KOEPPEN Freedom Farm Board Member
Gratefully redeemed daughter of the King! Lifelong learner of Him and His ways. Lover of all things of the outdoors and farm life.
- 20 yrs of advocating and assisting through life’s changes in in-home and dementia respite care
- Assistant Chaplain and Responder with Crisis Response International
Stepping into the vision and mission of Freedom Farm was a natural fit for me as I embrace all that they are and their mission, vision, core values, and the Spirit by which they are carried. I have firsthand walked through HeartSkills™, natural horsemanship, and so much more with Julie. I am honored to serve alongside her as she leads this ministry with great passion for seeing women and children at risk restored to their God-given identities.