Birthday Tribute for Darlene Ankerberg

A Birthday Tribute for Darlene Ankerberg


How do we adequately describe Darlene Ankerberg?

Darlene is strong, kind, spunky, passionate, determined, godly, and genuine. She cares deeply for people, and will pray for you and do whatever she can to help you solve your problem. Her go-getter approach to life makes you glad she’s on your team! She is an amazing storyteller, and will have an entire room laughing right along with her. Work trips routinely turn into fun adventures.

Darlene is kind, but also no-nonsense when she needs to be. While John is a visionary, she is truly his perfect teammate, coming alongside him to organize, facilitate, and bring all the details together. She loves to travel, and has an absurdly good sense of direction. Also, her sense of style is impeccable!

Personally, I have worked under her leadership for almost a decade, and I am still probably considered one of the “newer” staff members as many have worked here 20-30+ years. I believe that one huge contributing factor to the high retention rate here at the John Ankerberg Show is directly due to Darlene and John’s leadership. They treat their staff like family, pray for each of us, and are passionate about Jesus Christ and making sure the gospel is known. This passion is evident in every aspect of their lives, and I am truly thankful for both of them.

Darlene, we won’t say which birthday you are celebrating this year, but please know how loved you are by all of us! We hope this birthday is the best one yet!


  1. Harold G Chipman on May 13, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Happy birthday, Darlene, and many happy returns of the day! Your ministry with John is greatly appreciated as JA Show has been a great blessing to my life!

  2. Betty Worrell on May 14, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Happy Birthday, Darlene!!!

    I have not shared with you precious friends the tragedies in my familie’s lives the past three months, but I’ll briefly tell you just to let you rejoice in God’s sufficiency. First, my grandaughter’s fiance (tho unafficial), fell off his Dad’s many polo horses and discovered he had a brain tumor. That was only the beginning of many operations through which he literally was given up for dead each time. Then he had the ultimate bone blood transplant in that terribly weakened condition. He was not able to speak or communicate for a week tho the operation was a success. Noone knew if he would ever wake up. This week (every Dr. and nurse cannot believe), he is up brushing his teeth and making phone calls. He is so thin, but recovering in California at home—–praise God!!!!! That is the first, I’LL QUICKLY TELL YOU THE SECOND MIRACLE. Our grandson’s wife had their baby three weeks early, born 2lbs. 6 oz’s breathing,oxygen problems etc. He is now 6lb’s 6oz’s at home from the hospital and we pray there has been no brain damage from the earlier events. Then the third event in my family’s life is my granddaughter, Betty named for me. Her (what we always thought was a wonderful husband ) told her three months ago, he was leaving her to live a gay lifestyle. He’s working on his doctoral dissertation entitled “How TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SAME SEX MARRIAGE” at Mercer University. I’m sending daily scriptures to her and everyone is praying for her, but I don’t know how long this will take to heal. Believe it or not, her occupation is as a wonderful counselor and she has a successful buisness. She is so sweet , you would have confidence in her immediately.
    I won’t burden you with any more of my woes—Edie and I joined a wonderful new church only 6 minutes away on Mother’s Day. We’re already involved in two Bible studies. All my girls couldn’t be better and they still remember what a tremendous time we had together. Weren’t you appalled when those invaders went into our capitol building where we had been together.
    I love you and again, Happy Birthday I called Debbie Parsons, but didn’t hear from her. I hope she is o.k.
    Betty Worrell

  3. Holly Dowsing on May 15, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Happy Birthday, Darlene! May the LORD grant you many more years to be a blessing not only to the ministry, but to John as well.

  4. Elizabeth Spangenberg on May 15, 2021 at 11:55 pm


    I don’t know if you remember me or not but you invited me to go to Washington D.C. a couple of years ago. I call it a “GOD THING” to have had the opportunity
    to know you and John and your delightful staff. I think of you and John and Michelle and Debbie and Mandy and the rest of the crew so very often. I had lost my self esteem a long time ago but you did so much to give me back my self esteem, and for this I am eternally grateful. Darlene, you walked with me and talked to me like a true friend ; we never know what a few kind words can do for another person and I thank you and John for being my friend. It was one of the biggest highlights of my life and I owe it to my Savior and Lord and to yall too!!! Since that time God has continued to bless me so that I can bless others through your ministry. It thrills my soul to give proclaimers. I don’t have much but God multiplies it for me.

    This little poem describes you and John:

    There are some folk we meet in passing
    And forget them as soon as they go–
    There are some we remember with pleasure
    And feel honored and privileged to know.

    I pray for you and John and the ministry. You have done such a fabulous job all these years and I so appreciate your dedication and service to our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Your Sister In Christ Jesus,
    Elizabeth Spangenberg

  5. Shirley on May 16, 2021 at 11:29 am

    So beautifully written. You captured the very essence of Darlene and all of her wonderful attributes! She is one in a million and I am proud to call her my friend!

  6. Bob Patrie on May 16, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Happy Birthday to you Mrs Ankerberg
    May our Lord bless you with many more
    Peace and grace be.

  7. Michael Miller on May 16, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Darlene, and many many more!! Thank you for your service and faithfulness!

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