Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, but after two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skill and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered programs to special-needs families, as well as training for churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of families through Family Retreat and has delivered over 100,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy disabled persons in developing nations. She survived stage III breast cancer in 2010, yet still keeps a very active ministry schedule. Her new daily devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, contains fresh biblical insights from her battle with cancer, and chronic pain. Joni also serves as General Editor of the new Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published by Tyndale, for those who suffer chronic conditions, and their caregivers. She and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and live in Calabasas, California. You can learn more about Joni’s ministry at www.joniandfriends.org or write her at response@joniandfriends.org.

Joni will join the Summit via satellite on Friday evening, March 24.

Saundra Adams

We are delighted to welcome Saundra Adams as a guest speaker.  Hear her story of love and devotion, as she raises her grandson. Chancellor Lee Adams, who has cerebral palsy, was born prematurely 17 years ago after his mother and Saundra’s daughter, Cherica, was shot. Lee’s father, Rae Carruth, formerly an NFL football player with the Carolina Panthers, is serving a prison sentence for his role in her death. Saundra and Lee have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show; 700 Club; Entertainment Tonight; and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, among others. You will be touched and inspired by Saundra’s honesty, humor, forgiveness, and commitment to providing the best possible life for her grandson. It is a love story you will not want to miss!

Saundra will speak to Summit attendees on Saturday morning, March 25.

Saundra Adams, left, and Chancellor Lee Adams, right, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Chancellor is the son of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth and the late Cherica Adams. Chancellor will celebrate his 16th birthday on Monday, November 16, 2015. He is being raised by his grandmother, Saundra Adams.

Photos courtesy of The Charlotte Observer