Our Roots

Ability Tree was founded in 2010 by Joe and Jen Butler, the parents of three children, one with special needs. The Butlers’ life mission is to come alongside other families like their own.



To come alongside families impacted by disability through Recreation, Education, Support, and Training (R.E.S.T.).


To create inclusive and supportive communities where individuals and families affected by disability can enjoy healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and churches.

Families with children with special needs face challenges above and beyond what typical families face on a daily basis.

Team Members


Joe Butler

Joe and his wife Jen are the founders of Ability Tree. The Butlers have three children, their middle child, Micah, has multiple special needs. Joe is an ordained minister and missionary with the Assemblies of God, and holds a B.A. in Bible from the University of Valley Forge and an M.A. in Disability Studies from California Baptist University.



Jen Butler

Jen is the co-founder of Ability Tree and the artistic inspiration for everything we do. She is a strategic leader who manages many day-to-day duties. She is currently finishing up a B.A. in Art from Liberty University and looks forward to using her additional skills to expand the art program with Ability Tree.



Amy Dunn


Amy is the Director of Family and Team Member Relations. She helps new and existing families get plugged in to Ability Tree programming and works with the team members who volunteer with us each week. Amy has a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Early Childhood Development.



Board of Directors

Ability Tree is led by a team of people passionate about the mission. Our volunteers are the heart of the organization.

  • Rod Reed, Chairman of the Board
  • Leslie Porter, Parent
  • Michelle Page, Treasurer
  • Michael Smith, Lead Pastor Journey Church
  • Joe Butler, Co-founder and AGUSM
  • Jen Butler, Co-founder and Secretary
  • Johnathan Reynolds, Associate Pastor of The Assembly