The Rev. Jan M. Brown is the Founding/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, a recovery community organization based in Virginia. The Rev. Brown is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presently serving at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist, a Recovery Coach Professional and an international scholar on Addiction Studies.
Jan received her Master of Science Degree in Addiction Studies in 2018 from the International Programme on Addiction Studies at King’s College in London, the University of Adelaide and Virginia Commonwealth University. Jan is an Addictions Educator and speaker on topics of recovery-oriented systems of care, faith responders, recovery allies, the role of the church in addiction and recovery, recovery support services and recovery management. Jan is the immediate past Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery. She currently serves as a Recovery Consultant on SAMHSA States Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance Center Team, Consensus Panel member for the SAMHSA TIP – Peer Recovery Support Specialists and co-chair of the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia.
In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. In 2015 The Rev. Brown was appointed by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to serve on the Commission on Impairment and Leadership. Jan was recently included in the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery as one of the Historical Pioneers, most notable among the African Americans Who Have Made (and are Making) a Difference in Promoting Resistance to and Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Problems.