Meet the Authors
Linda Anderson founded Mom to Mom Ministries and served for twelve years as the teaching leader of Grace Chapel's Mom to Mom program in Lexington, MA — an innovative parenting outreach program that has been featured in the Focus section of The Boston Globe (May 24, 1992) as well as in local newspapers and on cable television.
Linda is the author of the Heart Talk, Growing Together, and Inside Out Parenting curricula published by Mom to Mom Ministries.
As the loving wife of a retired oncologist, grateful mother of three young adults, and enthusiastic "Nana" to a growing number of grandchildren, Linda Anderson has a special interest in topics related to marriage and family. As the daughter of Old Testament scholar Samuel J. Schultz, she has been a life-long student and teacher of the Bible, and her love of scripture tends to be contagious. She has a heart-sensitivity to women at all ages and stages of life and relates intuitively to the needs of today's women. A strong Biblical and literary background, energetic teaching style, and personal warmth and humor permeate her speaking and infuse her listeners with encouragement, hope, and inspiration.
Theresa Nelson and Linda Anderson have co-authored the latest Mom to Mom curriculum, Real Mom Life. Theresa first participated in the Mom to Mom program as a new mom in 2002. Since then she has served as a Titus 2 leader, speaker, writer, and more recently, as a board member with Mom to Mom Ministries. She has a professional background in high tech public relations, but discovered a new passion for encouraging and empowering moms after becoming a mom herself. She teaches classes on family and marriage at churches and parenting groups and delights in equipping the next generation of parents to create healthy families and healthy homes.
Theresa loves hiking and spending time in nature, especially on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She also enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures—especially food! She loves to cook and host dinner parties for family and friends in her home.
Theresa and her husband, Don, live in Lexington, Massachusetts, with their two teen-aged daughters.
It all started when...
Early in 1991, three young mothers recognized in themselves and in their friends a great need: "We want to shape healthy Christian homes based on Biblical foundations, but where do we go for instruction that will filter the overwhelming overload of parenting advice through the strong sieve of Biblical truth? We long for experienced mothers as Godly role models, but our own families are far away and we have little contact with older moms. We often feel lonely and isolated in our 'mom-jobs' and yearn for interaction with other mothers struggling with the same issues."
Out of their need, these three dared to dream a big dream: "Couldn't we start a ministry for moms that would be Biblically based, educationally stimulating, and emotionally supportive? We'd like it to be a source of equipping, encouragement, and energizing for Christian mothers as well as an outreach to communities around us." These three women took their dream to the pastor of Grace Chapel and then to the Director of Women's Ministries, who contacted Linda Anderson. Linda had been teaching various parenting classes for years, and was well-equipped to formulate and direct such a program.
Thus Mom to Mom was born. As one might guess, it didn't just "happen." Countless hours of committee meetings, seemingly endless searches for "Titus 2 leaders," Childcare Coordinators and other workers, and most important of all, months of prayer ensued. We often found ourselves reminded of the familiar saying that we needed to "work as if everything depended on us and pray as if everything depended on God." And how faithful He has been, supplying far above all we could ask or think!