BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT for the REV. DARRELL L. ARMSTRONG, M.Div.,
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Darrell L. Armstrong is a native of South (Central) Los Angeles, California
where he was born and raised. He is married to the former Melanie L. Pinkney,
Esq., who is the Executive Director of the Division of Civil Rights and
Affirmative Action for the NJ-Department of Transportation. They are the proud
parents of Amaris Kayla (8-years) and Daniel LaRue (7-years).
Armstrong is in his 14th year of service as the pastor of the
historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, NJ. Shiloh is a thriving community of
faith rooted in a worship tradition which represents the richness of the African
diaspora. He is only the church's third pastor in the last 109 years!!!
Under his leadership, Shiloh has grown spiritually and tangibly; it has more
than tripled its budget to $1.8+M and nearly tripled its membership to 2,200+
(BA in Public Policy), theological training at
(M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at
of New Jersey
(Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy) have uniquely prepared the Rev. Armstrong
to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family
He is a
certified trainer in the following fields:
Child Sexual Assault (05/2012)-Ms. Fndt's-Enough Abuse Campaign;
Infant Mental Health (08/2011 - YCS Institute on Infant Mental Hlth.);
Responsible Fatherhood (08/2010 - Ntl. Partnership for Comm. Learning);
Family Development Credential (08/2009)-Cornell University;
He sees his
to make ALL families stronger by addressing issues which impact their physical,
mental, and spiritual health and well-being. As such, he is considered an
international leader on issues pertaining to child welfare, child displacement,
and family strengthening, particularly foster and kinship care.
He is a
former member of the NJ Governor's Cabinet for Children (2002-2005), co-chaired
the Child Welfare Transition Team for former NJ Governor Jon Corzine
(12/05-01/06). Building on these experiences, the
Rev. Armstrong served as the
the Division of (Child Abuse) Prevention and Community Partnerships (DPCP) for
the NJ Department of Children and Families
from March, 2006 to April, 2009. In this
position, he oversaw a budget of greater than $100M+ in primary, secondary, and
tertiary prevention funding, and was responsible for New Jersey's statewide
strategy to prevent child abuse and strengthen families.
state government in April, 2009, he founded the
for Clergy Training (IFCT).
The IFCT is dedicated to helping clergy of all faiths better understand and
implement in their houses of worship, stronger family engagement programs that
strengthen overall family functioning and well-being. Since
it's inception in 2009, the IFCT has trained dozens of clergy of ALL faiths to
better understand the intersection of child welfare, intimate partner/domestic
violence, family violence, substance abuse, and mental health.
He is a
member of several international, national, and regional boards & bodies among
Religious NGOs [New York]
for the federally-funded Quality Improvement Cntr. on Early Childhood
Prevent Child Abuse - America,
NJ Child Placement
He is the
author of three books:
of a Foster Child"
which chronicles his and his family's experience in the child welfare and county
welfare systems in Los Angeles, and
Scent of Water: Reflections on Resilience, Hope and Inspiration,"
(11/2010), a collection of sermons and inspirational writings about the topic of
Cornerstone of Our Faith: Teaching & Learning the Baptist Articles of Faith,"
(11/2012) theological reflections about topics of Christian orthodoxy and
currently working on a multi-volume book series featuring the prolific sermons
of his mentor and predecessor of 53 years, the late Rev. Dr. Samuel Howard
Woodson, Jr., who was also the first African American to be elected speaker of
any state legislature in the history of the United States!
Armstrong has been officially recognized and honored by numerous governmental,
religious and civic organizations.
he was chosen to
for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. In December, 2001 he carried
the torch in NJ's Capital County (Mercer) on behalf of America's 400,000+ foster
he was chosen to be the 1st non-Presbyterian member of the
Seminary Board of Trustees
200-year history (1812-2012).
he was chosen by Black Village Magazine as one of NJ's
he was invited to serve as a
Representative to the United Nations
Baptist World Alliance
international ecumenical body of Christians of various Baptist denominations
from around the world.
He is a
Member of Chi Sigma Iota Intl. Honor Society for professional counselors,
counselor educators (Alpha Epsilon Chapter) and a proud member of
Inc. (Lambda Lambda Sigma Chapter), a historically Black Greek Letter
Organization founded in 1914.
L. Armstrong, M.Div., Ed.S.-MFT
To invite the Rev. Armstrong to
speak/present at your upcoming function or event, email:
StrongFamilies7@gmail.com or log onto any of the following webs:
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