I, Phil Darke, am excited to share with you what I’m learning in this journey called life. One of my passions is to help others discover their passion – to determine the “why” behind the “what” of what they do in this world. By sharing my successes, failures, lessons, what I’m learning, and other random stories, I hope that this blog inspires and equips many to discover their passion and pursue it with boldness and courage using their skills and talents.
I am the husband of one incredible wife and the daddy of five biological children, who have given me a deep, personal, first-hand understanding of my selfishness, impatience, and many other failings, while also showing me many of my strengths and providing me a lot of fun, joy, laughter, and other gifts that only they can. Our family also has been in the process of adopting a child from China since 2006, and we are excited to see where God leads us in that journey. I look forward to sharing humorous and serious stories from our family that hopefully will make you laugh, cry, and think deeply, sometimes all at the same time.
Apart from seeking to love my family well, I get to combine my own passion, skills, and talents while serving as President/CEO of Providence (providenceworld.com), which is working to inspire and equip people around the world to love orphans and at-risk communities as God loves them through extensive research, collaboration with other orphan care providers, development of an incubator model orphan care community in Honduras, and dissemination of information and training materials. In conjunction with my work with Providence, I blog at providenceworld.com/blog about what I’m learning through my work with Providence, mainly issues and topics relating to best practices and excellence in orphan care communities (e.g., family, education, medical/dental care,nutrition, psychosocial care, national leadership, self-sustainability, community integration, and spiritual formation). I also am heading up a collaborative book project on the same topic that will ultimately involve about 20 contributing authors who are organizational leaders and experts in the various fields.
I have a B.A. in Rhetoric & Communications (with minors in Religious Studies and Political Science) from U.C. Davis (1996) and a J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law (1999). After graduating from law school, I worked as a law clerk for a federal district court judge in Honolulu, HI for one year and then worked as a civil litigator at law firms in Atlanta and Sacramento for eight years. In October 2008, after working with Providence as a ministry partner and board member for over two years, I left the legal field to work full-time with Providence as its Research & Development Director.
Through my work with Providence, mission trips, and other personal travel, I have been able to visit and research orphanages and other orphan care/community development programs in Brazil, Peru, Honduras, Mexico, Ukraine, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. I will also be traveling to Haiti, Cuba, and hopefully a few Asian countries in the next 12 months to research more orphanages in connection with the book project.
I have been a partner at River Rock Church in my hometown of Folsom, CA since 2005, and have served as an Elder since 2008. I also serve as the Board Chair of Summit Christian School and a board member of All Things Possible Ministries (victormarx.com), which shares the Gospel with thousands of incarcerated and troubled youth around the United States.