Glenda was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia. After marrying Paul on September 1, 1959 they established the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian alternative to juvenile and adult correctional programs for young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. Paul, a 1956 Olympic gold medalist, the last American to win in the super-heavyweight division, was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as lifting the greatest weight ever raised by a human being, 6,270 pounds, and was known as “the world’s strongest man.” Since the ministry’s inception, Glenda has overseen its day-to-day operations. During Paul’s numerous speaking engagements and thirteen years of illness as well as after his “homegoing” in 1994, she continues to provide leadership for staff and boys as Co-Founder and President of the ministry.
In 1996 Glenda was an Olympic Torch Bearer, and in 1999 she was the recipient of the Christian Citizenship Award. Trustees of The Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns annually select the Georgian who, through Christian commitment, character, churchmanship, and effective citizenship, has brought the Biblical ethic to bear upon problems and issues confronting the state. Former Governor Joe Frank Harris was the first recipient; Judge J. Taylor Phillips of Macon and S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer have also received this award.
Paul and Glenda have one daughter, Paula, who is married to Edward Schaefer.
On May 7, 2004 Glenda married Chaplain (Col.) Stephen Leonard, USA Retired. Together they have 9 grandchildren.