Robert Lupton – Founder & President | FCS Urban Ministries | Atlanta, GA
Results Matter! What charity would look like if we cared about results.
Bob Lupton is a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta where his life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults. Through FCS Urban Ministries he has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community.
He is the author of several books including the widely read, Toxic Charity and a brand new book in July 2015 titled, Charity Detox which draws on his many decades of experience, and outlines how to structure programs that actually improve the quality of the life of the poor and disenfranchised. Click here to learn more about FCS Urban Ministries
Lynette Fields – Executive Director of Missions | St Luke’s United Methodist Church | Orlando, FL
Suburban churches working with urban communities to create lasting change one neighborhood at a time!
For 20 years Lynette has served as Executive Director of Missions for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida. Over the course of her career she has worked across a wide range of ages and needs from youth ministry to elder care, from disaster relief to service to the immigrant community. She received her B.A. in theology from the University of Evansville and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
For the past 5 years Lynette has led St Luke’s (a 4,600-member church) through a fundamental shift in the way they do missions. As a church they are walking alongside the residents of East Winter Garden helping them remove obstacles of poverty in order to create a thriving community together. The focus of the work is a combination of asset-based community development, family stabilization, economic development, and improving educational opportunities. It is a model of community development built on long-term commitments, the dignity of reciprocal relationships and the art of working together. Her and her son, Jonathan, live in Winter Garden where you can often find them riding their bikes and simply being an everyday part of the community they seek to serve. Click here to learn more about St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Missions
Grace Dyrness – Senior Researcher, Institute for Transnational Research and Development | Urban Initiatives | Pasadena, CA
Training communities to design solutions and measure impact through active participation.
Grace is Senior Researcher for The Institute for Transnational Research and Development in Pasadena, California. She works extensively with grass roots non-governmental and faith-based organizations around the world where she uses advocacy planning and participatory approaches to engage people in communities in order to envision their own future and chart a path towards it. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and has conducted research on homeless and street-living children in Africa, India, Philippines, and Los Angeles using that research to build the capacity of leaders of organizations to better serve these children.
Urban Initiatives is a non-profit organization that responds to the economic, housing, social, and spiritual needs of neighborhoods, cities, and counties from local community, regional, national, international, and faith-based perspectives. It consists of several community development, economic development, faith-based, and social justice initiatives that promote research, direct resources, and shape policy. Click here to learn more about Urban Initiatives
Quinn Schipper – Founder and President | OIKOS & Stillwater Cares | Stillwater, OK
Churches working together CAN champion sustainable ways of breaking the cycle of poverty in their city.
Quinn is an ordained minister of 33 years with experience both overseas and in America in cross-denominational networking and multi-sector collaborations. He is the founder and president of OIKOS Network, a ministry to unite the Body of Christ.
Since 2008, OIKOS has been instrumental in leading a multi-sector initiative in Stillwater, Oklahoma called Stillwater CARES. This resulted in a collaborative of 30 churches and 28 organizations cooperating to find community-based solutions to break cycles of poverty. Click here to learn more about Oikos or click here to learn more about Stillwater Cares