Washington, D.C. — In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization
for Christians in the Middle East, is pleased to announce that Tonia Khouri will be assuming the
role of President of IDC, effective immediately. Serving as Vice President since 2018, Tonia is
eager to continue the good work of IDC in protecting and preserving Christianity in the Middle
“I look forward to building on IDC’s record of success, and further developing its capacity for
positive impact in the world. May God continue to bless our efforts as He leads us into this new
chapter of our organization. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.’ (Romans 8:28)”
Tonia Khouri, a wife and mother of three, has an advanced degree from the Harvard Kennedy
School of Government. A native of Aurora, Illinois, Ms. Khouri is of Middle East Christian
heritage. She has been a leader in both her local community and faith community for many
years. She served for six years as a County Commissioner and Chairman of Economic
Development for DuPage County and was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Phoenician
Club of Chicago. She previously served as Vice President of IDC, and as Regional Vice President
of Mid-America for National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM).
IDC’s executive staff will continue to be led by Executive Director Richard Ghazal.
“I, along with the entire staff of IDC, thank our supporters for their continued prayers. We look
forward to faithfully working together to give a voice to the voiceless,” said Ms. Khouri.