Faith & Culture Center integrates communities across divides through the development of meaningful relationships. We work to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and cooperation between communities in Middle Tennessee across lines of faith, race, culture, and ethnicity.
We seek to build a Middle Tennessee community in which all people embrace humility, understanding, respect, empathy, and compassion.
Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative
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Dr. MALLORY WYCKOFF, Executive Director
Dr. Mallory Wyckoff is a Florida native living in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Olive. She studied journalism at Lee University, and received a Masters in Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry in Missional and Spiritual Formation from Lipscomb University. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management from the Institute for Conflict Management, and is a certified spiritual director through the Institute for Christian Spirituality where she teaches and helps train other directors. She also teaches undergraduate Bible courses at Lipscomb University.
One of Mallory’s fundamental convictions is that human dignity is the answer to every question. This conviction grounds her work with Faith and Culture Center as she seeks to help integrate communities across religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural lines—communities that too easily can, at best, remain isolated from one another and, at worst, experience open hostilities. Mallory is convinced that actual engagement with other humans—particularly those who have been labeled as “other”—helps each of us recognize and value the inherent dignity in every human being. She is deeply grateful to serve to this end with Faith and Culture Center.
Nadia Owaida Crank, Program Coordinator
Nadia Owaida Crank spent her childhood and early adulthood in Kuwait. She was born to Palestinian parents who immigrated to Kuwait to raise their family. In 1999, Nadia along with her husband, decided to move to the US and raise a family in Middle Tennessee. Together, they share the pleasures and challenges of guiding their three children to appreciate a culturally diverse community, while also appreciating and living their own unique and beautiful identities.
Living in Middle Tennessee meant that Nadia must navigate a new environment. Nadia’s own yearning for a sense of community in a new home instilled a passion for helping the growing population of non-English-speaking immigrants in Nashville. In 2006, she joined Vanderbilt Interpreter Services as Medical Interpreter and, in 2012, obtained her National Certification in Healthcare Interpretation.
During the 2010 floods in Nashville, Nadia served as a volunteer interpreter for flood relief efforts in the Arab immigrant communities living in the hardest hit areas. That turned into a transformational experience; she realized the compounded needs that the immigrants faced beyond those particularly difficult times.
Nadia understands that building communities benefits from learning and understanding about all of those who make up the community. Nadia’s interest in helping immigrants continues and is a natural fit for joining Faith & Culture Center as a Program Coordinator for A Seat at the Table. Prior to joining FCC|OMN, Nadia attended the FCC|OMN Auburn Media Training focusing on countering Islamophobia and the FCC|OMN Community and Religious Leaders Conference (RLC) of Middle Tennessee.
Tamara Shehadah, Director of Operations and Communication
Tamara Shehadah is a student of neuropsychology who grew up and attended school in Nashville, Tennessee. She moved to Nashville when she was an infant in the early ‘90s with her family. As a local, a southerner, and a first-generation immigrant, she has had the privilege of witnessing the growth of Middle Tennessee first-hand.
During the last 10 years, Tamara has truly embraced being a Tennessean by volunteering her time at many local schools, food banks, organizations serving refugee and immigrant communities, mosques, churches, senior citizen centers, and hospitals. This exposure to people of different cultural backgrounds, ages, and religious beliefs in Music City has made her passionate about diversity, inclusion, and active bridge-building across communities. She has been a long time volunteer with Faith & Culture Center, and is eager to contribute to its mission. She is also a member of the 2018 class of Faith & Culture Center’s Emir Abdelkader Ambassador Program.
Board of Directors
Advisory Council for the Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative
Commissioner – Metro Human Relations Commission
Founder and Chair – Muslim Women’s Council
Amir Arain, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Past President and Active Member – The Temple
Past President and Chairman of the Board – Werthan Packaging
Nashville educator and administrator for over 18 years
Executive Director – Tennessee Human Rights Commission
Pastor – Church of Scientology of Nashville
President – Religion Communicators Council Nashville chapter
Professor of Human and Organizational Development – Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Executive Director – American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee
Chairman – William and Mary Greve Foundation
Author – The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria and Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd El-Kader
Preaching & Teaching Minister – Otter Creek Church
Adjunct Professor – Lipscomb University
Author – The Feast: How to Serve Jesus in a Famished World, Heaven on Earth, and How Not to Kill a Muslim: A Manifesto of Hope for Christianity and Islam in North America
Executive Director – Metro Human Relations Commission
Financial Advisor – Henderson Financial Group, Inc.
Board of Trustees – Congregation Micah
Board of Trustees – The Temple: Congregation Ohabai Sholom
Community Relations Manager – Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition