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Shirley Dobson

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Shirley Dobson

Shirley Dobson has served as Chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force since 1991. Through the efforts of her team, more than 35,000 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 to her leadership with the Task Force, Mrs. Dobson is nationally recognized for her many contributions to women’s affairs, Christian organizations, and the institution of the family. Former President Ronald Reagan invited Mrs. 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. In May 1989 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky; in September 1992 she was honored with the Christian Woman of the Year Award; in May 1995 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Biola University in La Mirada, California; in May 1997 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana; and in October 2002 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. She 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.

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.

A graduate of Pasadena College, Shirley 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.

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. Shirley has also co-authored NIGHT LIGHT: 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.

Shirley Dobson is the wife of psychologist and author Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Family Talk. She and her husband reside in Colorado Springs and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

John Bornschein

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John Bornschein

 John is the Vice Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and an Executive Member of the National Prayer Committee. His 18 years in ministry spans a range of vast responsibilities including time as a missionary, senior pastor and service with Mission of Mercy, Heritage Builders, Focus on the Family and the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

John is the Executive Producer of “Drive Thru History: America”, the latest video curriculum in the popular series seen on History Channel International and Trinity Broadcasting Network. As an Executive Producer, John has also worked alongside some of the best creative minds in Nashville, turning out powerful patriotic and worshipful songs, such as “Let Freedom Ring” by Dennis Jernigan (Doxology Records), “America” with Rebecca St. James (ForeFront Records) and “We Pray” with BarlowGirl (Fervent).

As an author, John has contributed to dozens of resources including the books, Heal Our Land, Compassion Revolution, Start Your Family, and Together in Prayer. He recently completed a new book for the National Day of Prayer titled, The Front Line, and this fall, publishers will release his latest book, 4 Life. In addition, he has written for several publications including Horizon, Prayer Lines and Focus on the Family.

John is a frequent guest on radio programs across the nation and has hosted the Focus on the Family broadcast and Life Today on Salem networks. He is currently a co-host of the Pray for America podcast.

John serves as the Senior Pastor at Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley church, holds a B.Th and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Baptist Seminary. John is also a speaker at the popular Spiritual Growth of Children Conferences, attended by thousands around the country.

He has served at the United Nations in New York and with our congressional leaders in Washington D.C., as a representative for the National Day of Prayer. But his true joy is his wife, Brandi, and their five children who love the Lord. They reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rosalinda Baron

Rosalinda Baron

Rosalinda Baron

Rosalinda graduated in 1991 from Regent University with an M.A. in Public Policy (International Affairs Concentration). She has been a resident of Colorado for over 16 years and resides in Colorado Springs.  Rosalinda was the Sr. Sales Manager for six years at the Historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, which is one of the top destination hotels.  Her proven sales ability, and four years of experience at Regent University, as their Regional Director of Advancement for the Western Region, has prepared her for being the Director of Development for the National Day of Prayer Task Force.  She became a United States citizen in 2003 and was a delegate to the Colorado Republican 2004 Assembly and Convention.  She holds two National Collegiate Tennis Championships and was awarded All-American for two consecutive years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Rosalinda has a passion for this nation and believes through prayer, we can return America to its foundational values expressed in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Sharon Beneze

Sharon Beneze

Sharon Beneze

Sharon serves the National Day of Prayer Task Force as the national office Customer Service Representative. Although a team of people support the resource order lines, Sharon directly receives, responds and routes correspondence to the ministry via phone, email and mail. Prior to joining the team in 2012, Sharon worked as an Office Manager for more than 5 years and also served as a Constituent Response Representative for Focus on the Family for 7 years. She has a heartfelt love for prayer and her favorite Bible passage is Jeremiah 29:11.

Sharon is married to her husband Bruce and they have three children, Vanessa, Dwayne and Kristina. They are very active in their church and with various local ministry efforts.

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Kathy Branzell

Kathy Branzell

Kathy Branzell

Kathy is the founder, president, and CEO of Fellowship and Christian Encouragement (FACE) for Educators, which is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving public, private, and home educators. FACE is one of the fastest growing Christian ministries in the United States, with prayer chapters motivating and encouraging educators throughout the United States and around the world. Kathy also manages an independent educational consulting and speaking practice. She is a member of America’s National Prayer Committee and a founding member of the Mission America Public School Ministries Coalition and IAM4schools.com, where she worked on special projects with Secretary of Education Rod Paige and President George W. Bush’s Office of Faith–Based and Community Initiatives.

She also partners with the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, traveling throughout the United States to assist in hosting the Great Music! Good News! festivals educator brunch. Her focus is on the encouragement and improvement of teachers, children, educational leadership, and those who support the educational process. Kathy can also be heard daily on New Life Radio stations, giving encouragement during her one-minute “Lesson Plan for Life” devotionals.

Prior to assuming her present positions, Kathy served on North Carolina governor Jim Hunt’s educational commission called Smart Start. Kathy was a grant-management consultant and was responsible for evaluation childcare facilities, technical assistance, and educator training. Her efforts contributed to millions of dollars in federal and state funding to central North Carolina education programs. During this period, she also served as an adjunct professor at the Fayetteville Technical Community College and conducted motivational and subject-matter workshops at numerous colleges, churches, schools, and professional conferences. In 1995 and 1996, she served as an instruction for the Early Childhood Development Program at the University of Georgia, Athens, and from 1992 to 1994, she worked as Regional Trainer and Curriculum Developer at Kindercare in Chicago, Illinois. From 1988 to 1992, she held numerous educational positions, including Head Start instructor, special–needs instructor, and kindergarten teacher.

Kathy attended the University of Georgia, Athens, where she received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1990, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. She recently completed her Masters in Biblical Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is married to her childhood sweetheart, Russell, and is the proud mother of two children, Chandler and Emily Sara.

Lisa Crump

Lisa Crump

Lisa Crump

Mrs. Crump completed her Bachelors in Organizational Management, Human Resources Emphasis from Colorado Christian University, earning the Professional of Human Resources designation.

Lisa served at the international ministry of Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 10 years. There, she spent several years staffing employment positions for the ministry. She went on to serve as National Volunteer Manager at Focus and has worked with volunteers now for over 15 years. “I was drawn to move from a business function that supported ministry to being in the trenches directly, knowing it would be stretch me immensely and keep me at the feet of the cross.

In 2003 God opened the door for Lisa to serve with National Day of Prayer Task Force under Chairman Mrs. Shirley Dobson, where she has been both blessed and yet stretched spiritually beyond any expectation.  As the Senior Director of Prayer Mobilization, Lisa has the honor of serving with the nation-wide coordinator network consisting of thousands of volunteers across America working to call our nation to prayer.  These intercessors are zealous in the power of prayer to impact our nation from family to government, education to marketplace, church to military and beyond. This network mobilizes prayer on the First Thursday of May annually through the federal statue, and throughout the year as the Lord guides them.

Dion Elmore

Dion Elmore

Dion Elmore

Dion is the Director of Public Relations for the National Day of Prayer. He is a visionary leader and an advocate of developing unique, self-sustaining ministry outreaches through the local church into the local community.

Prior to entering full-time pastoral ministry, during which he served as a Senior Pastor of a growing church, Dion was a leader in both corporate and small-business environments, specializing in development, marketing, and advertising. He also served for several years with Focus on the Family and was a leader in the development and marketing of a wide variety of films, books, magazines, and radio dramas, including the popular Adventures in Odyssey series. He also was involved in Focus on the Family’s International efforts, working to establish ministry outreaches in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Dion is an exuberant and gifted teacher of the Word, a co-author of the book The Front Line and co-host of the Pray for America Podcast. He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Larry Nobile

Larry Nobile

Larry Nobile

Larry serves the National Day of Prayer Task Force as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the team in 2009, he was on staff with Focus on the Family where he served for 11 years in accounting and finance, including his last position as a Director of Finance. Prior to ministry, Larry was in manufacturing for 22 years as an accountant and MIS Manager. He graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1974 with a degree in Mathematics and then pursued business studies.

Larry’s wife of 35 years, Cindy, is a nurse currently serving as a sonographer and nurse manager in a Pregnancy Center in Colorado. They have three children, a son in ministry who is teaching high school in inner city Chicago, a married daughter who is an oncology nurse, and a single daughter with a degree in culinary arts. No grandchildren yet as they are currently focused on dogs and cats – but patience is good!