Our Director: Deborah Shaw Lewis

Deborah Shaw Lewis


BA in Elementary Education, Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, 1973

MA in Child Development, Erikson Institute, Loyola University, Chicago, 1983


Director of PALS, the Mothers’ Morning Out at Trinity United Methodist Church, Rome, GA, 2008 – present  & 1991-1996

Twenty+ years as an author, speaker & storyteller

40 years as a mother

Eight years as a college instructor: Triton College, River Grove, IL, 1979-88

Three years as day care director: Winkie Bear Child Development Center, Elk Grove Village, IL, 1975-78

Two years writing preschool Sunday School curriculum for David C. Cook Publishing, Elgin, Illinois, 1974-76



You Have a Brain: a Guide to Thinking Big, w/Ben Carson, Zonderkidz, 2015

Gifted Hands, Revised Kids’ Edition: The Ben Carson Story, Zonderkidz, 2014

The Admiral: the David Robinson Story, Zonderkidz, 2012

True to His Word: the story of Bible Study Fellowship, Biblica, 2010

Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story, Zonderkidz, 2009

“Today’s Heroes” series, Zonderkidz, 2001-02: Joni Eareckson; Ben Carson; David Robinson; Colin Powell; Brother Andrew; and Dave Dravecky

Celebrating the Wonder of Motherhood, Thomas Nelson, 1999

Seven from Heaven, Thomas Nelson, 1998

Stressbusters for Moms, Zondervan, 1996

Mother in the Middle, Zondervan, 1996

The “Family Share Together” series by Zondervan, 1994:

Did I Ever Tell You About…When You Were Little?

Did I Ever Tell You About…When Your Parents Were Children?

Did I Ever Tell You About…When Your Grandparents Were Young?

Did I Ever Tell You About…How Our Family Got Started?

When You Were A Baby, Zondervan, 1991 & Peachtree Publishers, 1995

Motherhood Stress, Word, 1989 (HC) & Zondervan, 1991 (PB)

Deborah’s Amazon page



Principles and Practices of Child Care

 Administration and Supervision of Day Care

Parent-Teacher-Child Communication

 Taught at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois



Motherhood Stress

Searching for Peace in the Mommy Wars

Building Family Traditions through Family Storytelling


“The Day I got Left at the Gas Station”

“The Day I Jumped out the Window”

“My Daddy’s First Day of School”

“Grandpa and the Voice of God in the Barn”

“Skinny Dipping in the Yellow River”

“The Gunniwolf” (an African folk tale)

“Jack’s First Job” (an Appalachian Folk Tale)

. . . and more.


Children’s Church teacher for 24 years

Wednesday evening children’s teacher for 20 years

Communications director for 17 years

Family Life coordinator (with Gregg) for 4 years

Great Dates Coordinator (with Gregg) for 8 years

Pumpkin Patch director or assistant director for 10 years