Our Staff

Jan M. Brown is the Founding/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul.  Jan is a person in long term recovery from addiction meaning she has not used drugs or alcohol or drugs since 1 January 1987.  She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and is one of four people in the country certified as a Master Recovery Life Coach.  She is also an Addictions Educator and sought after speaker on topics of addiction, brain injury and recovery management.  Jan serves on the Board of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, the Board of Faces and Voices of Recovery, the SAMHSA BRSS-TACS Steering Committee and co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia and serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.   In 2015 Jan was appointed by the Presiding Bishop to serve on the Commission on Impairment and Leadership.  She is a candidate for Holy Orders for the Diaconate in the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  Upon ordination to the Diaconate Jan will serve as Deacon at Bruton Parish Church.


The Rev. Lauren McDonald is the Director of Spiritual Recovery at SpiritWorks Foundation. Lauren has been a friend and volunteer of SpiritWorks since 2008 and began employment in January 2012. She has been living in recovery from co-dependence since February 2011. Lauren is an Episcopal priest with a passion for healing and spiritual practices. At SpiritWorks she oversees volunteer management, faith community education and training, and recovery ministry.  Lauren received a B.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts from The University of the South in 1991 and a M.Div. from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in 2008. She has a Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families through the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and is a Level 1 USA Archery Instructor.  She co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  Beginning in June 2016, Lauren will also serve as the Associate Rector for Outreach and Women’s Ministries at Bruton Parish.