"...and I consecrate myself to meet their need for growth in truth and holiness."- Jesus Christ / John 17:19 TLB
A.R. Bernard is a visionary and one of the most influential religious leaders in the world today. His transformative teachings have catapulted his church, the Christian Cultural Center (CCC), to become New York’s largest house of worship with 40,000+ members, and one of the fastest growing churches in all of America.
An anointed life coach and beloved pillar of Godly influence, A.R. Bernard delivers captivating teachings with biblical insights that empower and motivate believers to live out their faith in today’s ever-changing cultural climate. Revered as the “Power Pastor” by The New York Times, A.R. Bernard teaches in a nurturing and inspiring way that resonates with those from all walks of life, making God’s word alive and relevant for navigating each day.
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A.R. Bernard built a 10-year career in finance, working his way up to operations specialist in the consumer lending division at a major New York bank before he and his wife Karen used their savings to open a small storefront church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From there, the church outgrew one facility after another, from a high school auditorium to a Days Inn hotel, from the Salvation Army auditorium to a renovated supermarket on Linden Boulevard. Today, CCC is situated on an 11.5-acre campus in Brooklyn, with a master plan to accommodate 700 units of affordable housing, commercial, and residential space. There is also a satellite location on Long Island, with plans for more satellite locations in the future.
“Christ in Culture” is the mantra upon which CCC was built and functions today. From the start, A.R. Bernard has educated, nurtured, and equipped his congregants to navigate their faith with sound values and biblical principles, within an ever-changing cultural climate. A.R. Bernard is a visionary who illuminates the minds and hearts of everyone he engages by feeding them spiritually, informing them intellectually, and motivating them for action.
As the spiritual health of the nation is increasingly challenged and compromised, A.R. Bernard remains a pillar of Godly influence and a shining beacon of hope. He welcomed President Reuven Rivlin of the State of Israel to CCC, where New York Congressional members and elected officials greeted him on his first visit to the U.S. With his dynamic communication skills, A.R. Bernard has led Bible studies for celebrities in entertainment, athletics, and government. Many well-known personalities regularly attend services at CCC, including Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Alonzo Mourning, Angela Bassett, Curtis Martin, and Robin Roberts. Other noteworthy visitors have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, Reince Priebus, Kim Cattrall, and many more.
A.R. Bernard was chosen to deliver mass with Pope Benedict at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and with Pope Francis at ceremonies for the 911 Memorial Museum. At the behest of Oprah Winfrey, he was selected to speak at the 80th birthday celebration of beloved poet Maya Angelou, who called him a “brilliant teacher.” Named by New York Magazine as one of the most influential figures in religion, 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 sits on the NYC Economic Development Corporation Board and served on NYC School Chancellor’s Advisory Cabinet.
Outreach programs under A.R. Bernard’s leadership include a food pantry serving the Brooklyn community, a Prison Ministry, and various city organizations, including the New York Police Department’s orientation. He is also the founder of Brooklyn Preparatory School in New York City and Cultural Arts Academy Charter School. Formed in 1993, BPS is a premiere early education institution dedicated to serving children ages 3–6. Their June 1999 first grade graduates ranked 91st in the national percentile in reading and 96th in the national percentile in mathematics.
"Whatever you want people to become, you must become it first.”- AR Bernard
More than 300,000 radio listeners tune in each week to hear A.R. Bernard on Sirius/XM Satellite and Salem Radio. His new show on Daystar TV, A.R. Bernard, is a powerful TV ministry that highlights his supernatural gift for interpreting and communicating scripture. On the program, he educates and inspires viewers with treasured teachings and biblical solutions that heal, uplift and transform. His thought-provoking messages motivate viewers and stir their hearts to navigate life with newfound hope, wisdom, and strength. A.R. Bernard’s teachings explore how the Christian faith should shape our daily walk and every aspect of our lives within today’s current culture.
- Featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, Fall 2017.
- Revered as the “Power Pastor” by The New York Times, October 2016.
- Founded the Christian Community Relations Council, 2016
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transition team, 2014
- The Ebony Power 100, Ebony Magazine, December 2010/January 2011
- Crain’s Business Publication, 2008, 25 Leaders Reshaping New York
- New York Daily News, 2008, 2007, Most Influential Clergy
- New York Post, 2008, Most Influential African-American New Yorker
- New York Daily News, 2008, 2007, Top 30 Most Influential Black New Yorker
- New York Post, 2007, Top 30 Most Influential Black New Yorker
- Consulate General of Israel in New York, 2007, Lifetime Achievement Award
- New York Magazine, 2006, One of the City’s Most Influential New Yorkers
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s transition team, 2001
- Christian Men’s Network, Board of Directors, 1990; President, 2002