The Rev. Dr. Darlene E.R. Resling, an Ordained Elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church, served the Highland Mills and Mountainville United Methodist Churches in shared ministry for thirteen years prior to being appointed to the Trinity: LaGrangeville and Wiccopee Community United Methodist Churches in July, 2019.
Rev. Resling’s first answer to God’s call was as a Secondary English teacher and department coordinator in the Beacon City School District for 33 years. During that time she authored intergenerational educational materials for national publishers. The focus was on character development through historical biographical and Bible based plays. She has written articles for the Upper Room Magazine, Circuit Rider Magazine and numerous newspapers.
As a lifelong learner she first earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Secondary English from the State University of New York. In 2005 she began studies that led to a Master of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude degree, and a Doctor of Ministry degree specializing in post modern evangelism in shared ministry appointments.
Pastor Darlene believes every experience in her life has formed her through God’s undeniable and amazing call to become an inspirational preacher, teacher, and leader between churches and community.
She lives her belief that joy and creativity must be integrated into all aspects of church life including the way she empowers and trains laity for participation in the congregation at every level. Rev. Resling is passionate about evangelism and getting outside the doors of the church to share God’s love and hope through Jesus Christ with all. She has led her congregations from worshiping along and on the Hudson River, to Good Friday “cross walks,” to sharing live performances of Biblical plays and living Holy Week explanations in nursing homes and the community. Darlene is a multilevel visionary pastor who is relationally responsive to the church family and communities she serves; always striving to offer Christian hope in ways that attract all people of all ages.
Darlene and her husband, William, reside in Fishkill, NY. They enjoy traveling near and far. For relaxation she is a contemplative photographer who enjoys sharing her photos in local exhibits. In the future, Rev. Resling looks forward to leading conversations using original photos as “starting points” to help participants better understand themselves while embracing life, God, and individual purpose.