John & Peggy Burghauser




John Burghauser is an integral part of Stauros Ministries, playing a vital role in shaping its direction.

John is the current Director of Pastoral Care, and has been devotedly serving the ministry since its inception. In ’03, John received his ordination into Gospel Ministry, and was invited to join the Board of Directors in ’05, solidifying his significant contribution to the organization.

On Episode #8 of Real Pastors Podcast John discusses addiction from a spiritual perspective, the change that occurs when an addict turns his life over to Christ, and how II Corinthians 5:17 relates to the concept of ‘once an addict, always an addict.”

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Love: What Does It Look Like?

Recorded on 11/21/21 at NPBC.

“In my mind I was all alone – stricken with a malady which no one understood. Who could help me?

I grew up feeling as though I had nothing in common with anyone around me – including my family. Yes, I participated in all the things families do, but I always seemed to have some sort of block which kept me from ‘fitting in’. I began school and tried to find ways to integrate, but they ended in disappointment and frustration.

At the age of thirteen I discovered that I could escape from reality by altering my mind. It began with marijuana and beer, but soon progressed to harder drugs.

By age 24 I realized that everything I thought my life might be, all of my potential, was gone. I was a drug addict going nowhere.

I spent the next nine years looking for answers, but I was looking in all the wrong places. I tried to change my appearance, my surroundings, and even my job. All was futile!

During those years I remember the encouragement of my mother, as well as others around me, who advised that I look to Christ for the answer to my ills. But I didn’t want to hear it because, as bad as I felt, I thought things would just ‘work themselves out’.

When I turned 33 I had a series of events take place in my life which revealed my true self, not just to me but to those around me. I was forced to ask for help! I turned to the Lord, promised my life to Him, and He delivered me. For the first time in memory I had a reason for living, and He gave it to me.

What a blessing! I began to see the value of friendship, and through the prayers and fellowship with others I began to realize the love that God had for me. He allowed me to become the person I always wanted to be, and gave me hope for a future beyond any of the dreams I had for myself as I was growing up.

If I can give you one piece of advice, it’s this: Don’t give up.”


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