Dr. Robert C. Lithicum has been rebuilding poor urban communities since 1955. He has pastored churches in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit where he helped form nine community organizations, people-businesses, and housing efforts. From 1985 to 1995, Dr. Lithicum headed the urban work of World Vision where he guided third world organizers who coordinated slum dwellers to build multiple organizations and businesses, and over six thousand homes. Since 1996, he has been the president of Partners in Urban Transformation. He is the author of fourteen books, including Transforming Power and Empowering the Poor.