Our Vision

FOCUS stands for two things: The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve and Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter. 

FOCUS Detroit is the local chapter and center of FOCUS North America. We work to engage Orthodox Christian individuals and parishes and the greater community with those in need. We work to provide opportunities to fulfill Christ’s call to “Love God and neighbor” (Mt 22:36-40, Mk 12: 30-31). 

Our Slogan: 

“Creating a more beautiful Detroit from inside out.” 

The short motto that holds great meaning and leads our ethos and guiding principals for ministry. We believe that the transformation of the heart, soul, mind, and body create a domino effect, moving to a more beautiful self, family, neighborhood, city, country, and world. Whether it is through enacting small change, or large, we believe that if done with love and intention, that this is what matters. We believe that it is both those who serve and those who are served that are transformed by authentic relationship. 

Our Leadership


Center Director

Adam Murphy, M.A., M.Div.

After receiving his M.A. of Theology and Ministry from Boston College (’18) and Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (’19), Adam took the lead as director of FOCUS Detroit. 


Executive Board 

Anne Randall – Board Chair 

Laslie Ayoub – Vice Chair 

Paula Kalevas – Secretary 

Chrysia Carson – Treasurer 

Katina Cloutier – Fundraising Chair 

Michael Ansara – Community Liaison

Advisory Board

Diane Michalakis 

Vicki Tarazi 

Marika Pehlivanidis

Christia Guirguis 

Fady Tarazi 

Angela Seaborn 


Our Partner Organizations

Oasis of Hope Christian Church 

Goodwill Community Chapel 

Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) 

Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School

CommonWealth Community Development Charter School