Further Growth

As Christian Life Center began experiencing exponential growth - four Sunday services, lines forming at 4:00am, and overflow rooms filled to capacity, the ministry was quickly outgrowing its home on Linden Boulevard. The need for a larger facility was evident and in 1995 a vacant lot adjacent to Starrett City was purchased and construction followed immediately. On December 31, 2000, under the leadership of Bernard, Christian Cultural Center took its new name and moved into its new home. The 6.5-acre (26,000 m2) sanctuary and conference center also includes a chapel, bookstore and state of the art youth center. Christian Cultural Center is one of the largest independent churches in the tri-state area, exemplifies a new paradigm in the worship experience. Bernard remains a highly sought after speaker, teacher and community leader. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally addressing religious organizations, businessmen and political dignitaries. Future expansion and development is anticipated on a 4.5-acre (18,000 m2) of land adjacent to the current CCC campus.


Outreach programs under his leadership include a food pantry serving the community, a Prison Ministry, and various city organizations including the New York Police Department's orientation.

Honors & Awards

• 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

The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.
— A. R. Bernard