My name is Roy Brown and on 3rd of September 2017 I was commissioned as Stauros General Director. The Stauros Foundation works alongside vulnerable people who have been touched by addiction in one-way or another. The purpose behind this website is to help you understand some of the issues we face, give you clear insight into the work we do and, most important of all, provide you with relevant information to assist you as you partner with us in prayer.We have included some staff details so that you can be encouraged at what God is doing through us as a group. Our hope is that this booklet will help you feel you are part of our wider team as we serve the Lord in our pastoral work. We hope you find the layout helpful as we have tried to combine a prayer guide for people with general information about Stauros along with insight into the issues we face.Above all please be encouraged in your praying! Sometimes when facing large, complicated difficulties like addiction it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. When Jehoshaphat king of Judah was overwhelmed by the great multitude that came against him, he and all Judah who stood before the LORDwho said, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)Thank you for your interest in our work.Yours in Christ,Roy BrownGeneral Director
The Stauros Foundation
The word “Stauros” is the New Testament Greek word for the cross of Christ. We are called Stauros because we believe that a right relationship with God in Christ is the foundation of healthy, sober living. Our experience is that Christ can set people free from addiction. Although we recognize the validity of other routes to recovery, Stauros believes that faith in God through commitment to Christ, constituting a conversion experience, marks the beginning of a journey to recovery. We believe this because it has been our experience.BeginningsArthur G. Williams founded Stauros in 1980 when he was pastor of the Findlay Memorial Church in Glasgow. Arthur grew up in a family where his father’s drinking was a constant source of anxiety, and he began drinking when he was 14 years old. By the time Arthur was 28 years old, he was suffering with alcohol addiction. In November 1970 after a visit to his doctor, Arthur went through a Christian conversion experience, where he accepted the truth that Christ was alive which, in turn, freed him from a lifestyle centred on alcohol.In the late 1970s, Arthur became pastor of the Findlay Memorial Church in Glasgow. He began drawing people to church, especially those who had a similar background to his own. As they listened to his testimony and talked with him one-to-one, many of them came to share a similar Christian conversion experience. Stauros was set up as an agency to offer one-to-one pastoral care to such individuals, and to share God’s word with them in an appropriate way.The agency now promotes the gospel of Jesus Christ among people suffering and/or recovering from addiction, and offers fellowship to the families of such individuals.