Meet The Author

Darren-SchalkDarren Schalk is a minister and the author of Dear God, We Need To Talk: wrestling with God on questions of life and faith from Passio. His writings have appeared on sites such as,,, as well as others. At the conclusion of this paragraph, he will no longer write in the third person.

I have a Bachelor’s in Pastoral Ministry and a Master’s in Church Leadership and Administration. I’ve served in various church leadership roles, including youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor. While attending seminary, I had the great privilege of working as an advocate for the developmentally disabled.

I currently serve as the Coordinator of Christian Education and Curriculum Development for the Church of God of Prophecy and Associate Editor for One Accord Resources, Inc. We produce Christian curriculum that reaches approximately 80,000 people every week (English) and is translated around the globe. We’re in the midst of creating an international discipleship campaign called “FORMED” to unify our denomination’s discipleship efforts. I’m also a member of several interdenominational boards and committees concerned with discipleship.

2 things you should know:

1) I think the duck-billed platypus is God’s inside joke


2) My wife and I were once contestants on Wheel of Fortune (you can read the saga here).

I currently reside in Cleveland, TN with my wife Kristi, and our three children, Jake, Abby, and Alli.

Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or email me at darrenschalk(at)gmail(dot)com.

5 Replies to “Meet The Author”

  1. My wife and i appeared on wheel of fortune february 15, 2013! It was neat to read your story and see how your experience compared so closely to ours. We are anxiously awaiting the end of our 120 day wait for our winnings to start rolling in:) Congrats!

      • We were blessed. We broke one of the longest bonus round slumps in years (11 in a row, 1 solve in 22 previous shows) and wound up with the mini cooper roadster, a trip to sandals and about 20 grand in cash. We had some stiff competition and were down almost ten grand at one point, but we got all three toss ups and the prize puzzle. Pat spun the $5000 wedge on the final spin though so it was anyone’s game at that point, and we came up with “fancy handwriting” for the win. Then my wife took over in the bonus round and nailed BROWSING to break the streak (i had been on fire until the bonus round, but my brain locked in on CRUISING, so i would have never solved it). I guess that is why the Holy Spirit led us to audition as a couple when we were given the choice for the final audition (much to my wife’s chagrin;) It should re-air sometime this summer, so check us out on the final day of sandals week:)

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