ABOUT THE FOUNDER of IFCT:
Reverend Darrell L. Armstrong, MDiv., Ed.S, MFT
incarcerate, adjudicate, nor medicate our way out of this problem...
we must focus on
'preventing' our way out of this problem!"
~The Rev. Darrell L.
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Darrell L. Armstrong is a native of South (Central) Los Angeles,
California where he was born and raised.
The Rev. 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+ (approximately 500+families).
His policy training at
Stanford University (BA in Public
Policy), theological training at
(M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at
The College 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 strengthening communities.
He is a certified trainer in the following fields:
=> Child Sexual Assault (05/2012)-Ms. Fndt's-Enough
=> 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
He sees his
"global ministry" as
working 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
Rev. Armstrong served as the
Director of 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.
Upon leaving state government in April, 2009, he founded the
Institute 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 which include:
(1) the United Nations Comm. on Religious NGOs [New
(2) the National Advisory Board for the
federally-funded Quality Improvement Cntr. on Early Childhood
(3) Prevent Child Abuse - America, [Illinois] and
(4) the NJ Child Placement Advisory Council [New
He is the author of three books:
of a Foster Child" (11/2008) 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 "hope."
Cornerstone of Our Faith: Teaching & Learning the Baptist Articles
(11/2012) theological reflections about topics of Christian
orthodoxy and praxis.
He is currently working on a multi-volume book series featuring the
prolific sermons of his mentor and predeccesor 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!
The Rev. Armstrong has been officially recognized and honored by
numerous governmental, religious and civic organizations.
June, 2001, he was chosen to
carry the Olympic Torch 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 children!
May of 2010,
he was chosen to be the 1st non-Presbyterian member of the
Princeton Seminary Board of Trustees in its
200-year history (1812-2012).
January, 2012, he was
chosen by Black Village Magazine as one of NJ's
"50 Most Powerful Blacks!"
=> Most recently, in
he was invited to serve as a
Representative to the
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
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Lambda Lambda Sigma Chapter), a historically Black Greek
Letter Organization founded in 1914.
Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong, M.Div., Ed.S.-MFT
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