Anne Graham Lotz
Anne Graham Lotz serves as the Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Through the efforts of her team, more than 40,000 prayer gatherings are conducted by tens of thousands of volunteers across the country. Several million people participate every year in this call to prayer for our nation, its leaders and citizens.
Called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz speaks around the globe with the wisdom and authority of years spent studying God’s Word.
The New York Times named Anne one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. She’s been profiled on 60 Minutes, and has appeared on TV programs such as Larry King Live, The Today Show, and HannityLive. Her Just Give Me Jesus revivals have been held in more than 30 cities in 12 different countries, to hundreds of thousands of attendees.
Whether a delegate to Davos’ Economic Forum, a commentator to the Washington Post, or a groundbreaking speaker on platforms throughout the world, Anne’s aim is clear – to bring revival to the hearts of God’s people. And her message is consistent – calling people into a personal relationship with God through His Word.
Anne is a best-selling and award-winning author. Her most recent releases are Fixing My Eyes on Jesus, Expecting to See Jesus, Wounded by God’s People and her first children’s book, Heaven: God’s Promise for Me, and on May 10, 2016, Zondervan released her latest book, The Daniel Prayer.
Anne and her late husband Dr. Danny Lotz have three grown children and three grandchildren. She is the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries, which she continues to lead in addition to her role as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
Shirley Dobson serves as Chairman Emeritus of the National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDP) and was previously the Chair of the Task Force from 1991 to 2016.
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.
Lisa Crump serves as the Chief Operations Officer for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Lisa 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 Chief Operations Officer, 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 is the Chief Communications Officer for the National Day of Prayer. He is a visionary leader, and is passionate about equipping, encouraging, and engaging the church, and individual believers in passionate, effective, fervent prayer.
Prior to joining the National Day of Prayer Task Force, he served as a senior pastor, was a leader in both Fortune 500 corporations and in small-business, specializing in leadership, creative strategy, and marketing. Dion served for several years with Focus on the Family, and worked on the creative development and marketing of a wide variety of films, books, magazines, and programming, including the popular Adventures in Odyssey series. He was also a pioneer in Focus on the Family’s International efforts, working to establish ministry outreaches in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore.
Dion is a gifted teacher and speaker, and co-author of the book The Front Line (A Prayer Warrior's Guide to Spiritual Battle). He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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. They also have 2 grandsons…and counting!
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.