About Us

Joni and Friends is built on Biblical truth and the foundation of Jesus Christ. We are about advancing disability ministry and changing the church and communities around the world. The Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC) serves as the administrative center for ministries which provide outreach to thousands of families affected by disability around the globe. We invite you to browse our website to discover more ways you can be involved with our global outreach to the disability community!

Joni and Friends is answering the call in the Gospel of Luke 14, "invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed...make them come in so my house will be full."

We present the clear and concise Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people affected by disability and their families who are served through our programs around the world. We train, disciple, and mentor people affected by disability to exercise their gifts of leadership and service in their churches and communities. We energize the church to move from lack of awareness to including disabled persons into the fabric of worship, fellowship, and outreach.

Our Vision: to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community.

Our Mission: to communicate the Gospel and equip Christ-honoring Churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.

The Four Things We Do: 

  1. Evangelize people affected by disabilities and their families
  2. Train, disciple, and mentor people affected by disabilities
  3. Multiply disability effective churches
  4. Promote a biblical worldview on disability through education and policy


Our Ministries

Wheels for the World

Sending the gift of mobility and the Gospel message worldwide

Family Retreats

Domestic and international retreats for families that live with disability

Television Program

Each episode highlights God's goodness in a world shattered by suffering

Radio Program

Joni Eareckson Tada shares encouragement and Biblical insights

Christian Institute on Disability

Higher education, ministry training, and Public Policy Center

Church Relations

Equipping churches for disability ministry


Our Leadership

Joni and Friends is blessed with a talented and passionate group of Executives. We welcome you to click on the links below to view our Executive Staff’s biographies.

Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO

Doug Mazza, President and COO

Laura Pulido, Executive Vice President and CFO

Steve Bundy, Senior Vice President of Integration and Ministry Chaplain

Eric Jones, Vice President of Field Services

Cate Given, Vice President of Human Resources

Shauna Amick, Vice President of Development

Our International Board of Directors

We wish to thank our International Board of Directors for their service and leadership in support of the Vision and Mission of Joni and Friends.

Carin Amaradio
Rev. Michael S. Beates
Eric Boles
Debbie Faculjak
Lynn Guerin
Robin Jones
Floyd Kvamme
Doug Mazza
Jeff Morris
John Nugent
Carol Pollock
Ron Regenstreif
Peter Schulze
Joni Eareckson Tada
Ken Tada
Jan S. van den Bosch
Gregory B. Wood

Cordell Brown – Director Emeritus
Ann Furrow – Director Emeritus