Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1883, Tur­key.

Died: Ju­ly 1969, Tuc­son, Ar­i­zo­na.

Buried: East Lawn Palms Ce­me­te­ry, Tuc­son, Ar­i­zo­na.


Speros was the hus­band of Rue­a­va Dan­ner.

Raised in the Greek Or­tho­dox Church, Ath­ans left home at age 15, af­ter his fa­ther’s death.

He spent two years on the is­land of Cor­fu, Greece, and two more in Egypt, then went to Great Bri­tain, where he worked as a sail­or.

In 1903 he went to Am­er­ica, and dur­ing im­mi­gra­tion pro­cess­ing, some­one gave him a New Tes­ta­ment in Greek. A year lat­er, he joined a Naz­a­rene church in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

He then en­rolled in a Bi­ble school and un­i­ver­si­ty. While in school in Ca­li­for­nia, he be­gan to stu­dy Span­ish and to work with the La­ti­no com­mu­ni­ty.

In 1910 he de­cid­ed to work in ev­an­gel­ism. In 1931, he joined the Me­thod­ist mis­sion­ary work in La­tin Am­er­ica, re­tir­ing in 1949.




Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ath­ans (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),