“Turning spiritual seekers into transformed believers”
A. R. Bernard is the President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York representing 1.5 million Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox Christians. He is also the Founding Pastor and CEO of the Christian Cultural Center (CCC), a 31,000 member Church that sits on an 11-acre campus in Brooklyn, New York.
Bernard sits on the New York City Economic Development Corporation Board; New York City School Chancellor’s Advisory Cabinet and serves as an advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, initially as a member of his 2001 Transition Team.
Bernard has been recognized as the most influential New York clergyman (NY Daily News, February 6, 2008), one of the most influential African American New Yorkers (NY Post, February 19, 2008), and voted one of New York’s most influential (NY Magazine, 2006). He was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish National Fund.
In 1993, Bernard also founded the Brooklyn Preparatory School (BPS), a premiere early education institution. He continues to revitalize communities; recently announcing a partnership with Common Ground to develop affordable housing in the East New York/Canarsie section of Brooklyn.
His television shows - Faith In Practice and A. R. Bernard - air nationally on TBN, TV One and the FamilyNet Networks and in New York on WWOR and WRNN. Bernard’s compelling radio broadcasts can be heard nationwide on Salem Communication stations and locally within New York’s tri-state area on WMCA, WLIB and WBLS.
His book, “Happiness Is… Simple Steps To a Life of Joy, published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster is now available nationwide wherever books are sold.