Lancaster County National Day of Prayer 2020
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord."
— HABAKKUK 2:14 —
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Dr. James and Shirley Dobson
Lancaster County National Day of Prayer is pleased to welcome Dr. James and Shirley Dobson as the featured guests at the 2020 Celebration of Prayer & Worship ONLINE on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 7:00 pm.
Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline, Love for a Lifetime, Life on the Edge, Love Must Be Tough, The New Strong-Willed Child, When God Doesn’t Make Sense, Bringing Up Boys, Marriage Under Fire, Bringing Up Girls, Head Over Heels and, most recently, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.
Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised five U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Dr. Dobson recently received the following awards: Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith & Freedom Coalition (2017), Daniel Award from AZ Christian University (2016), and the Defender of Life Award from the Justice Foundation (2015).
Shirley Dobson, wife of Dr. James Dobson, is nationally recognized for her leadership skills and her many contributions to women’s affairs, Christian organizations, and the institution of the family. Former President Ronald Reagan invited Mrs. Shirley Dobson to the White House for a Christian Women’s Leadership Conference in 1988. Also in that year she was awarded the Second Annual Maggie Sloane Crawford Award by Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois.
She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, Biola University, Huntington College and Dallas Baptist University. In September 1992 Shirley Dobson was honored with the Christian Woman of the Year Award. Mrs. Dobson was designated Churchwoman of the Year in 1996 by Religious Heritage of America; also that year, she received the Ambassador Award from Florida Family Council. In 1999 she received the Full-time Homemaker of the Year Award from Eagle Forum, and in 2000 the Distinguished Achievement Award from Point Loma Nazarene University. She was given the First Baptist Church of Dallas' "W.A. Criswell Lifetime Christian Citizenship Award" in 2006.
A graduate of Pasadena College, Mrs. Dobson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education; her name was included in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" during both her junior and senior years. Following graduation she taught in the Hudson and Arcadia Unified School Districts in California. After her marriage and the birth of her first child, she chose to become a full-time mother and homemaker.
Mrs. Dobson's outreach to Christian women has included leadership roles in Bible Study Fellowship and other groups devoted to the study of Scripture. She has also served as Director of Women's Ministries for a large evangelical church and has spoken across the country about issues affecting women and families. She was a featured speaker at Focus' "Renewing the Heart" women’s conferences. Mrs. Dobson has served as Chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force since 1991. Through the efforts of her team, tens of thousands of prayer gatherings are conducted by approximately 40,000 volunteers across the country. Several million people participate every year in this call to prayer for our nation, its leaders, and citizens. In addition, Mrs. Dobson served on the Board of Directors for Focus on the Family from 1978 through February 2009 and is now an emeritus member.
Shirley Dobson and Gloria Gaither have co-authored a four-book series for families. The publications are titled Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary, Creating Family Traditions, Celebrating Special Times with Special People, and Hide it in Your Heart. She has also co-authored Nightlight: A Devotional for Couples and Nightlight for Parents with her husband, Dr. James Dobson. Her book describing the remarkable gift of prayer, Certain Peace in Uncertain Times, was published in 2002. Most recently, Shirley and her daughter, Danae Dobson, wrote the heartwarming book Welcome to Our Table.
The Dobsons have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. They reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.