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 Dar 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.
In the Academia, she is currently enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctrate program at Eastern University. Pastor Darlene holds a Masters degree in Administration in Human Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Despite her busy life, family is principal for Mrs. Blakely. She and Pastor Rich are the parents of one daughter, the beautiful and gifted Minister, Dionna S. Avery.