In the Moment
You never know how far you can go until you dream a distant destination and have the determination and faith to take the first step. Darlene's music has always been a central part of her life. She was born in Buffalo New York into a family of five siblings. Her grandparents were very important in her early years. Darlene's "Nana" gave her a strong work ethic. Her grandpa planted a love of music through his playing the mandolin, harmonica and violin. During her teenage years Darlene began to develop her musical talent by exchanging house cleaning for voice lessons. She sang in high school musical productions and in church choirs which began to build her skill and confidence as a singer. In 1968 Richard and Darlene Arber were married. They moved to Indiana and then Colorado in 1972 as Richard completed his education. During those years Darlene worked primarily in clerical positions at the universities while singing in local churches. Darlene's first son Matthew was born in 1977. After much consideration and prayer, she enrolled in undergraduate school three months after her second son, Andrew was born in 1981. Darlene received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from Metro State College, Denver, Colorado. She entered seminary, spending a year away from her family at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. While there she took every moment she could to sing at churches and other gatherings. In 1988 Darlene received her Master of Theology degree from Illiff School Theology in Denver. Ordained in 1989 into the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Darlene served as Senior Pastor and youth Pastor to several churches in Colorado. She was invited to preach and sing at many churches. Through much prayer Darlene followed God's guidance in 1998 to start and develop an independent, non-denominational church, Spirit of Hope Christian Church, in Lakewood, Colorado where she brought her inspirational speaking and musical gifts to hundreds of people. Darlene's love and joy for singing opened the door for her to pursue her dream of creating "In The Moment". With the completion of her CD in 2010, she entered a new chapter. As an inspirational speaker and singer she performs at various venues bringing a unique style that welcomes and connects people of all ages, and is able to engage audiences, filling them with hope and joy through her musical messages.