Chris & Laura Dakas

Directors and Founders of The Stephen Center - Tirana, Albania

Chris and Laura Dakas

Chris and Laura Dakas are the founders and directors of the Balkan area mission known as The Stephen Center which is based in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Their call to the mission field was birthed in Chris and Laura Dakas in 1989.  After the collapse of Communism in Albania during 1991, Chris and Laura moved and started their work there.  Initially, they had a simple vision to begin a small village work or orphanage ministry.  However,  God had much greater plans!   As they continued to minister, God began to birth the idea for The Stephen Center.  With the combination of Chris' creative thinking and Laura's help and loving support, this multi-faceted ministry began in 1993 and has reached thousands of people in Albania, Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo.

Chris was born into a Greek family in Massachusetts and grew up in the Greek Orthodox Church.  He graduated in 1977 from Worcester State University  as a Secondary Education teacher and received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Clark University in 1979. Chris worked as a police officer for the Worcester, Massachusetts Police Department from 1974 until he retired in 1991.  After accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1982, Chris served as the youth pastor and associate pastor at the Triumphant Life Church  in Worcester, Massachusetts . He also founded and held the office of President for the Massachusetts branch of "Cops for Christ".   He also trained 6 days a week for three years in an Okinawan style of karate called Goju-Ryu while serving in the US military in Okinawa, Japan.   After serving in the military, he opened the Okinawan School of Karate in his home city.  Having earned a fifth degree black belt,  Chris taught self defense in the Worcester Police Department as well as in his own school...the Okinawas School of Karate in Worcester, MA.

In 1996, Chris and Laura were asked by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel denomination to be their representative missionaries to Albania.   Chris was ordained as  a Foursquare Minister in 2001.
Chris and Laura continue to reside in Tirana, Albania and work at the Stephen Center helping provide people with jobs and being a part of their community to help those less fortunate.  

In the USA., they have three adult married children,  Michelle, Christine and Nicholas.   They have also six grandchildren  and six great grandchildren.