Papa Joe Bradford | The inspiration behind the feature-length film: "Unconditional"

Papa Joe Bradford

The inspiration behind the feature-length film: "Unconditional"

Papa Joe Bradford
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Papa Joe takes a very customized approach whenever he speaks at an event. Considering the nature of the event, he forms a topical focus that is highly tailored to his audience. Papa Joe's discussions can be geared toward people of all ages, including children, women's groups, the imprisoned, singles, married couples, churches, organizations and leaders. Weaving together a broad array of life experience and the Word of God, Papa Joe delivers an entertaining, poignant, singular experience to whoever his audience may be.

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Papa Joe's Life Story:

Either as the inspiration for the feature-length film, Unconditional (national release date: September 21, 2012), or in the pages of his autobiography, A Walk of Love, Papa Joe’s life story has been recognized as wildly compelling, inspirational and as unique as it is broadly applicable.

Advocate for at-risk children, the poor and the oppressed:

Having lived through great poverty, fatherlessness, and facing extreme hardships, from imprisonment to a deadly kidney disease, Joe grew a compassionate heart for at-risk children, the poor and the oppressed. In 2005, Papa Joe and his wife, Denise, founded Elijah’s Heart, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to show love and bring aid to underprivileged children and their families. Today, they are actively uniting with others throughout the country to raise awareness about desperate situations in our own nation and to inspire a worldwide movement of love in action.

Parenthood (Biological and Surrogate):

Papa Joe is highly recognized for encouraging parenthood. He and Denise are joyful parents of seven children. As seen through the heart of Unconditional, Papa Joe is also becoming one of our country’s most passionate spokesmen on sharing love as a surrogate parent for the many fatherless children in our nation. Papa Joe’s innermost desire is affirming and exposing the love of the eternal Father through parenthood, which encourages acceptance and purpose in children and adults alike.


The process of retelling his incredible story for his autobiography, A Walk of Love, was a journey in and of itself. Papa Joe speaks on the challenging but fulfilling process and reveals much more for those hungry to learn about the unique and mysterious ways God has moved throughout his life and his marriage with his lovely wife.

Co-producer of Unconditional:

Not only serving as the inspiration behind Unconditional but as a co-producer, Joe was involved in the intricate process of adapting his life story for the big screen. He has been traveling around the nation as an ambassador of the theme of love in action depicted in the film.

Biblical Teacher on Love:

Papa Joe is an inspired teacher of the Word of God. Reflecting the passion and wisdom of the Lord, Joe is an inspirational speaker, gifted to motivate others to fulfill their unique God-given callings. Being led by the heart and love of the Father, Papa Joe seeks to inspire people to realize and passionately grasp hold of their giftings and they too can begin to take bold steps down their very own walk of love.

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