About Us

Working alongside local communities and churches, Stauros Ministries offers support to individuals and families afflicted and/or affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
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Our Goals

Encouraging, Educating, & Evangelizing

 

Stauros Ministries offers support to individuals affected by substance abuse, with a specific focus on personal, one-to-one relationships.

Care & Discipleship is a term we use to describe our work – we strive to meet someone at their point of need, care for them, walk with them, and help point them in the proper direction.

Our seminars and workshops give us the privilege to discuss subjects which matter the most to us: understanding the nature of addiction, the importance of relationships, and what the Lord has done (and is doing) in our lives and in the lives of others.

 

Our Values, Process, & Approach

 

Stauros adopts the values and approach of Jesus Christ, identifying and interpreting them in the context of addiction and compulsive behaviors.

Befriending

We look for the image of God in each individual, valuing relationships as much as activity or results.

Pastoral Care

Stauros responds to people who request help by offering pastoral care, meeting the individual at their point of need.

Fellowship

Stauros strives to nurture a sense of belonging, while recognizing and valuing diversity of personality and spiritual gifting.

Guidance

We endeavor to consistently apply God’s principles and ethics as revealed in Scripture.

Discipleship

Our ultimate goal is to guide individuals towards maturity in both Christian faith and human character.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

II Corinthians 5:17

Who We are

John Burghauser

John helps define the direction of the organization. He volunteered for the newly formed Stauros Ministries in 1998 after meeting Tom Eakins from the Stauros Foundation. John beacme the first worker in 2002, received his ordination into Gospel Ministry in 2003, and joined the Board of Directors in 2005.

John and his wife Peggy currently reside in Nottingham, MD.

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Message: What Does Love Look Like?

Message by John Burghauser at NPBC on 11/21/21.

Who We Are

Justin Talbott

Justin works for Stauros alongside John Burghauser.

After becoming acquainted with Tom Eakins (Stauros Foundation) through John, Justin flew to N. Ireland to live in Ballyards Castle during 2001 after becoming addicted to heroin.

Justin became a volunteer in 2020 and a worker in early 2022. He currently lives in Towson, MD with his wife and two children.

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Justin Talbott: Stauros Update 2021

Justin gives an update on his activities and the process of becoming a Stauros worker.

Stauros Ministries

Board of Directors ’21

 

Bottom row, Peggy Burghauser (S), Marie Spiess (TR), Melissa Riffle (S), Russ Wernick, John Zeigenfuse, Don Riffle (P), Chris Spiess (VP), John Burghauser

Our History

The Stauros Foundation (UK)

The Stauros Foundation, established in the United Kingdom by Arthur Williams, is the sister organization of Stauros Ministries. The ministry has been offering support to individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol since 1980.

Arthur was befriended and ministered to on a one-to-one basis while struggling with alcohol; he not only saw the benefit of this approach in his own life, but saw the need for it in others.

While the work of Stauros commenced in the UK with Scotland and Northern Ireland, the ministry soon expanded to the Republic of Ireland and Isle of Man, eventually making its way overseas to North and South America.

Out of the Depths, a book written by Beth Williams and Victor Maxwell, chronicles the story of Arthur’s life, The Stauros Foundation, and the beginnings of Stauros Ministries.

Our History

Stauros Ministries (US)

Tom Eakins of the Stauros Foundation recounts the story of bringing Stauros to the United States and meeting John Burghauser…

“My journey to America started back in October of 1994, when I was attending a rally in Scotland along with Arthur and the group. I began to read about the life of Abraham, starting in Genesis chapter 11, then through to 12 and 13.  I came to the verse in Genesis 17:8, and the Lord spoke to me, saying “I will bring you into a land in which you are a stranger…” 

Our History

Stauros Ministries (US)

Tom Eakins of the Stauros Foundation recounts the story of bringing Stauros to the United States and meeting John Burghauser…

“My journey to America started back in October of 1994, when I was attending a rally in Scotland along with Arthur and the group. I began to read about the life of Abraham, starting in Genesis chapter 11, then through to 12 and 13.  I came to the verse in Genesis 17:8, and the Lord spoke to me, saying “I will bring you into a land in which you are a stranger…” 

Our History

Stauros Ministries (US)

Tom Eakins of the Stauros Foundation recounts the story of bringing Stauros to the United States and meeting John Burghauser…

“My journey to America started back in October of 1994, when I was attending a rally in Scotland along with Arthur and the group. I began to read about the life of Abraham, starting in Genesis chapter 11, then through to 12 and 13.  I came to the verse in Genesis 17:8, and the Lord spoke to me, saying “I will bring you into a land in which you are a stranger…” 

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of an organization is Stauros?

Stauros Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1998 and headquarted in Hanover, MD. The Board of Directors consists of nine members. In addition to our volunteers, we have one full-time worker (John Burghauser), and one part-time worker (Justin Talbott)..

What does the word ‘Stauros’ mean?

Stauros is a Greek word from the New Testament which translates to ‘cross’.

How does Stauros receive its funding?

Stauros Ministries is funded entirely by private donations from individuals and organizations (e.g. local churches), and receives no government funding.

How long has Stauros Ministries been working with addicts?

The work of Stauros Ministries began in 1995, and the organization was officially established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1998. Our sister organization, The Stauros Foundation, is based in the United Kingdom, was formed in 1980.

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