Darlene N. Bocek
Since second grade, when she first heard the story of Pompeii's discovery, Darlene Böcek has been intrigued by ancient history. She loves researching history, because she finds reading the words of people from long ago and learning about their daily lives and thoughts (combined with an empathetic imagination) is a powerful way to experience the past.
Darlene and her family live on an olive farm overlooking the Aegean sea in Izmir, Turkey. Making the Bible available, the main message of Trunk of Scrolls, is dear to their family's heart. Her husband Fikret is a Reformed pastor of the Izmir Protestan Kilisesi (the Protestant Church of Smyrna) and heads up the Turkish Standard Version Bible Translation project, to make an essentially-literal translation of the Bible into Turkish, the first of its kind. As a pastor's wife in a Muslim country, she has a great vision for making the gospel accessible to the public through fiction and non-fiction, and her writing ministry is for this end.
A native of San Diego, California, she received a Bachelors in Social Science with an Ancient Middle Eastern emphasis from Westmont College, and elementary and secondary teaching credentials from Southern California College. She is connected to Westminster Seminary of California through her husband.
She was a public and private school teacher for ten years before moving to Turkey. Now she is a homeschool mom of four wonderful kids, and writes on homeschooling, history and intellectual Christianity on darlenenbocek.com.