From 1978 to 1986, Darden was Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Waco Tribune-Herald. He wrote for a number of magazines and, in 1984, became Gospel Music Editor for Billboard Magazine, a position he held until 1994.
In 1986, Darden received a Rotary Foundation Fellowship to study art history and film at the University of Bristol in England. Upon his return, he was named Senior Editor of The Wittenburg Door, the world's oldest and largest (and probably only) religious humor and satire magazine, a position he still holds today. He is also involved in the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University.
In 1988, after a semester of teaching at Texas State Technical College, Darden began freelancing full time, as well as teaching in the professional writing (English) and telecommunications department at Baylor University. He accepted a tenure-track position in professional writing in 1999 and received tenure in 2005. In 2006, Darden was invited to join the journalism faculty as an associate professor.
His articles and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford American, Southern Arts, Amazing Journeys, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Contemporary Christian Music, and many other magazines, newspapers and journals. He has been interviewed or featured on All Things Considered, Tapestry and Fresh Air, and has been interviewed by The New Yorker. He is the author of 25 books.
Bob Darden lives in Waco with his wife Mary and is a deacon at Seventh & James Baptist Church. The Darden's have three children, Dan, Rachel and Van. His interests include black gospel music, religious humor and satire, fiction, world music, ethnic cuisine and travel. He is the drummer for After Midnight, a popular Waco-based R&B band.