Director of The Lupton Center

Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of The Lupton Center. Gifted in content experience design and the facilitation of adult learning, Shawn leads the team in working together to transform the paradigm for responding to material poverty. Backgrounds in ministry, coaching, non-profit leadership, and curriculum design has prepared him to equip organizations to create lasting impact in their city.


Lead Trainer in Community Development

Donell Woodson is the Lupton Center’s Lead Trainer in Community Development. Having served on the Board for Sweet Auburn’s Historic District Development Corporation, founded by Coretta Scott King, Donell understands the unique challenge and vital work of restoring neighborhoods so that communities can thrive. He is also a Board Member at the University of Virginia’s Center for Christian Study.



Jim Wehner is the President of FCS | Focused Community Strategies where he leads a diverse and gifted team that is implementing holistic and innovative community development strategies. Jim brings a balance of ministry and business skills he uses to engage a broad range of Lupton Center clients to train them to hone vision, create sustainable development strategies, and build organizational health.


Regional Trainer

Anja Williams (MBA & MDiv) is one of our Regional Trainers. Based in Atlanta, Anja is a creative thinker, business owner, and theologian. Her personal life experience, educational training, and professional experience gives Anja a unique and compelling voice. She works with organization leaders to help them reach their goals that leads to the transformation of individuals and entire communities.


Regional Trainer

Courtney Clark is one of our Regional Trainers and is based in Louisville. She is passionately committed to seeing dignifying, holistic work done in our communities. With a wide range of experience in transitional housing, financial empowerment, and relief assistance, Courtney understands the challenges organizations are facing as they work to impact their neighbors in healthy, lasting ways.


Regional Trainer

Jesse Crock (MA) is one of our Regional Trainers and is based in Seattle. He is the US Operations Director for World Outreach Ministry Foundation that operates in 8 African countries. He holds an MA in International Community Development and is also an adjunct professor at Northwest University. Jesse’s expertise is in holistic transformational development with a focus on community participation.


logistics ninja

Perilya Thomas is the logistics ninja for The Lupton Center. Serving as the Executive Assistant for the FCS leadership, she wears many hats and is responsible for keeping this ship running smoothly. Gifted in hospitality, organization, and caring for others, Pearilya is the one that makes it all work. Got a question? Want to schedule a training? Need help launching our Seeking Shalom curriculum? Ask Pearilya!