a. r. bernard
In November, of 1979 A. R. Bernard left a 10 year career with a major New York banking institution to go into full time ministry. What started as a small storefront church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has now blossomed into a 30,000+ member church that sits on an 11.5 acre campus in the Spring Creek section of Brooklyn, New York. He is founder and CEO of Christian Cultural Center.
A. R. Bernard Sr. is also the President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York
representing 1.5 million Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox Christians.
Bernard sits on the NYC Economic Development Corporation Board; served on the NYC School Chancellor’s Advisory Cabinet, and served on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2001 Transition Team.
1993 founded Brooklyn Preparatory School a premier early childhood education program. 2010 founded Cultural Arts Academy Charter School at Spring Creek. 2008 led a transformational team and won the bid to purchase one of the nation’s largest ($1 Billion) Mitchell Lama Housing developments (Starrett City, Brooklyn, NY).
Recognized as a New Influential – 25 Leaders Reshaping New York (Crain’s New York Business, September 2008); Most Influential NY Clergyman (NY Daily News, February 2008); Most Influential African American New Yorker (NY Post, February 2008); New York’s Most Influential (NY Magazine, 2006); Bernard was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Consulate General of Israel in NY in conjunction with the Jewish Community Relations Council and, Jewish National Fund. He has been personally cited in the Congressional Records.
In addition to establishing Christian Cultural Center's Food Pantry, Prison Ministry, Domestic Violence Initiative and Family Life Center, Bernard organized a rapidly growing male mentoring program with more than 1000 male mentors.
Bernard has a Master of Urban Studies and a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. In May of 2009, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary and Doctor of Letters from Wagner College.
Married to his wife, Karen, since October 1972.