Fern Nichols is an author, former elementary school teacher, and the founder of Moms in Prayer International, a prayer movement that mobilizes women around the world to gather together to pray for their children and the schools they attend! In 1984, Fern was fearful about sending her two eldest children off to junior high. She knew the school would be a battlefield for their hearts and minds. She realized the warfare would be intense and to fight this battle, she needed to invite other mothers to pray. She called one mom and asked her to pray with her for their children and school. Her response was an immediate “yes,” and that was the humble beginning of Moms in Prayer that now spans the U.S. in every state, and is in more than 140 countries. Fern and her husband, Rle, have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
Sally Burke is the president of Moms in Prayer International, a prayer movement that mobilizes women around the world to gather together to pray for their children and the schools they attend. Compelled by joy and the hope God gave as she prayed with others for their children and schools, Sally began to reach out and share with other moms — first as a Moms in Prayer group leader, then area coordinator for her hometown of Temecula, California, and later as regional coordinator for Riverside County. In 2008, she became the director of field ministry at Moms in Prayer headquarters, overseeing ministry expansion worldwide. Today, in her role as president of Moms in Prayer International, Sally’s vision remains unchanged, that more children and schools and moms might experience God’s life-changing answers to prayer. She and her husband, Ed, have four grown children and four grandchildren.