Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Recipient, 2022 Dr. James and Shirley Dobson
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,” as well as Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Focus on the Family. He is the author of more than 70 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 Arizona Christian University (2016), and the Defender of Life Award from the Justice Foundation (2015).
Shirley Dobson is nationally recognized for her leadership skills as well as her many contributions to women’s affairs, Christian organizations as well as the institution of the family. Mrs. Dobson served on the Board of Directors for Focus on the Family from 1978 through February 2009 and is now an emeritus member. Mrs. Dobson has worked as Chairperson of the National Day of Prayer Task Force since 1991.
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.
Dr. Dobson and Shirley have two grown children, Danae, and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobson’s reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.