Dr. Bernard, 59, grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. In 1979 he and his wife, Karen, started a Bible study in the kitchen of their Brooklyn apartment. The following year he left his ten-year banking career and, with their savings, started a full-time ministry in a rented storefront. Today, Dr. Bernard’s church, the Christian Cultural Center, draws tens of thousands of worshipers each week, and he is an internationally known teacher, speaker and community leader. In addition to his pastoral duties, he has been very influential in education and civic life serving on several community development boards for the city of New York. The New York Daily News also recently reported that Dr. Bernard is considering running for mayor of New York.
“We consider it a great honor to be able to celebrate the life and contribution of Dr. Bernard to New York City and to faith communities.” Stearns said. Dr. Bernard will join a growing list of Christian and Jewish leaders of influence who have been honored including the late Gen. Shimon Erem, Dr. Jack Hayford, Mr. Irwin Hochberg, Dr. Pat Robertson, Mr. Ron Plotkin, Drs. Frederick K.C. and Betty Price, and Mr. Harvey Krueger.