Shirley Dobson is nationally recognized for her leadership skills and for her many contributions to Christian organizations and other groups advocating for the family. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, Biola University, Huntington College and Dallas Baptist University. A graduate of Pasadena College, Mrs. Dobson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Following graduation, she taught in the Hudson and Arcadia Unified School Districts in California. After she was married, and after the birth of her first child, she chose to become a full-time mother and homemaker. She proudly served as chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force for 25 years, beginning in 1991. Through the efforts of the task force, tens of thousands of prayer gatherings were established and conducted across the country. Mrs. Dobson co-authored, along with Gloria Gaither, a four-book series — 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 that describes the remarkable gift of prayer, Certain Peace in Uncertain Times, was published in 2002. In 2012, Mrs. Dobson and her daughter, Danae, co-authored the heartwarming hospitality book, Welcome to Our Table. Mrs. Dobson serves on the board of directors for the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute, alongside her husband, James Dobson. Shirley and Jim have two children, Danae, and Ryan, as well as two grandchildren. Dr. and Mrs. Dobson reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.