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