Dr. Darlene L. Blakely, is the Co-Pastor of the Acts of Random Kindness Christian Center (A.R.K) located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pa. Serving faithfully for over twenty-five years under the leadership of Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Mother Winifred Morris, Pastor J. Louis Felton, and Lady Priscilla Felton, Pastor Darlene was called to work diligently in the service of the Lord with her husband, Pastor Richard.
Themed after the Word of God found in St. Luke 4:1813 Pastor Rich and Pastor Dar stepped out on faith and on December 15, 2013 the A.R.K held its first service.
Having a passion for marriage and families, Pastor Dar (as she is affectionately called) is actively involved with conducting relationship education workshops for couples and families in crisis. Along with her husband, she has helped to establish various ministries including: Praise Dance Ministry, Children’s Choir, Geek Squad Ministry (media ministry for the youth), Marriage & Singles workshops, and free tutoring/mentoring services known as A.R.K. Education.
Pastor Darlene is a noted motivational speaker. She served as an instructor for the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) certificate program, and the Mount Airy Religious Training Institute (M.A.R.T.I). She has received numerous certificates in biblical studies, relationship education, and leading high performance teams. She has over 20 years of experience working with fortune five hundred companies.
Pastor Darlene earned her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University. She holds a Masters degree in Administration in Human Services from Chestnuthill College and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Antioch University. Despite her busy life, family is principal for Dr. Blakely. She and Pastor Rich are the parents of one daughter, the beautiful and gifted Minister, Dionna S. Avery. 3 John 2 “Beloved I wish above things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thou soul prosperth”