Who We Are
Our mission is to create healthy places in the city where families flourish and God’s shalom is present.
Who we are:
FCS (focus community strategies) is a collective of visionaries and social entrepreneurs, transforming distressed urban neighborhoods through Christian community development.
We are a diverse people of faith, pursuing justice, mercy and humility, loving God and neighbor.
Our Core Values:
Community is a deeply imbedded value of FCS. Nearly four decades has demonstrated that the most transformative urban ministry is community-based. Thus, FCS focuses on a single neglected neighborhood for an extended period of time until health returns. Though not all FCS programs are exclusively single-community focused, all share the same commitment to community development.
We practice equality, believing that every voice matters and that all people are made in the image of God.
We practice friendship with a guiding adage, “Never do for others what they can do for themselves.”
Learn more about our Code for Helpers.
We practice local living, believing that poor and privildeged need each other, doing life together, raising families together.
FCS celebrates over 30 years of learning in the heart of Atlanta, reweaving the fabric of urban community by building upon neighborhood strength and by attracting “strategic neighbors” to move in. With an emphasis on neighborhood leadership and a commitment to mixed-income housing development, our strategy yields both social and spiritual vitality as well as economic viability. Ultimately, we’re devoted to give ourselves away for the sake of the whole. We’re rolling up our sleeves to participate in regenerating life around us, working ourselves out of work, creating avenues for distressed neighborhoods to become self-sustainable. And, in the process, God is changing us.
Since 1976, Focused Community Strategies (FCS) has grown to become a multi-faceted community development organization, experimenting with “gentrification with justice” and strategic “re-neighboring,” concepts that place a framework around urban development in order to foster communities that are real, sustainable, even restorative.
Jim Wehner, President
Jim joined the FCS team in September 2008 as the Executive Director of Charis Community Housing. In January 2014, Jim moved to the role of President at FCS.
With experience in for-profit and non-profit sectors, he brings a balance of ministry experience and business skills to this non-profit, community development organization. Prior to joining the FCS team, Jim spent nine years as the lead pastor of Common Ground Fellowship, a participating member of the Evangelical Free Church of America and approximately ten years in retail sales and management with Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI).
Jim has led and participated in multiple workshops at the Christian Community Development Association conference and at churches regarding Responsible Charity, Affordable Housing, the impact of the foreclosure crisis on neighborhoods, and Neighborhood Dynamics of Redevelopment. He has also worked with multiple churches and leadership teams to aid them in developing a vision for ministry in the communities where they serve. Jim supports multiple organizations at the board level assisting them as they develop thinking and best practices around organizational structure, board governance, and team development.
Jim and his wife, Jolyn, have four children. They have lived in the Atlanta area since 1995 and currently reside in Acworth, GA. Jim is an avid runner and tennis player and loves all foods Mexican.
Katie Delp, Executive Director
Katie Delp is a community innovator, advocate and trailblazer with over a decade of neighborhood investment. As Executive Director, Katie leads FCS Urban Ministries, a national model for community development. She is a passionate activator, establishing successful urban initiatives such as youth development programs, community-building events, awareness campaigns and a local food co-operative. Katie is strong communicator and has worked with numerous non-profit organizations to maximize impact with creative and collaborative solutions.
Katie earned a degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Christian Community Development Association. She serves on the Executive Team for the South Atlanta Civic League and the Program Committee for Moving in the Spirit. Katie also works alongside her husband, Jeff Delp, Executive Director of Community Economic Development, focusing on strategic investment in local small businesses. She is also mother to Sam and Maya.
Bob Lupton, Founder and President
Bob Lupton has invested over 40 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. Bob and his wife Peggy and their two sons sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. Their life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.
Bob is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS Urban Ministries – a non-profit organization which he founded – he has developed two mixed income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregation, 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 the books Theirs in the Kingdom, Return Flight, Renewing the City, Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life and the widely circulated “Urban Perspectives”, monthly reflections on the Gospel and the poor. Bob has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia. He serves as speaker, strategist, and inspirer with those throughout the nation who seek to establish God’s Shalom in the city.
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FCS Board of Directors
- Howell Adams, Jr.
- Georgia Trane (Retired)
- Jack Alexander
- Geronimo Fund
- David Allman
- Regent Partners, Inc.
- Leroy Barber, CEO
- FCS Urban Ministries
- Frank Bishop
- FCS Treasurer
- Neilson Brown
- Cornerstone Investment Partners, LLC
- Ike Cobb
- McCalla, Raymer, LLC
- Florida Ellis
- Robert W. Fowler, Secretary
- Fowler Designs
- Jaimie Hardin, Moving in the Spirit Chairperson
- Hardin and Associates Consulting, Inc.
- Bob Lupton, President
- FCS Urban Ministries
- Billy Mitchell, Charis Chairperson
- Carter and Associates
- Jim Morgens
- LS Realty, LLC
- John Smithgall
- Southfund Partners
- Ben Teague, Chair
- Walton Communities, LLC
- Beltline Bike Shop
- CF Youth Development Group
- Charis Community Housing
- Common Focus
- Community Chaplaincy
- Community Grounds Cafe
- FCS Community Economic Development
- Georgia Avenue Community Ministry
- Green My Hood
- Metro Merge
- Mission Year
- Moving in the Spirit
- Refugee Beads
- South Atlanta Bike Shop
- South Atlanta Marketplace
- Youth Universe