Pastor Bernard left active duty Army after working at the international, national and state government levels serving as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Officer (CBRNE), Nuclear Counter-Proliferation Officer and in strategic planning. He has deployed twice, toured as a musician, taught from Junior High to the university level and was the only Combat Diver Qualified CBRNE officer in the Army at one point. Having seen the favor of God at every phase of his military career he was promoted early and commanded early. Prior to leading Ascending Life Church he has served as a Senior Associate Pastor, Creative Arts Pastor and been responsible for Youth in over 20 years of ministry.
Pastor Bernard has a heart to see the world honor God, consider their ways and love on purpose while connecting others to the body of Christ.
He graduated from Lee University with a degree in Bible and Theology, a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University and a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary.
Pastor Bernard has been happily married for 21 years to Pastor Patrice. They have 4 children: Bernard (19), Jordan (17), Mariah (15) and Daniell (13).
Pastor Patrice planted Ascending Life Church with her husband Pastor Bernard. Prior to that, she has served as Children's Pastor, Director of Intercessory Prayer, Director of Hospitality, Youth Director and Finance Director. Twenty plus years of ministry have lead to Ascending Life Church.
The attributes that best describe Patrice as a pastor are strong vision for children leaders today to impact tomorrow. She has a burning desire to see The Word of God lifted up, that there be freedom in worship and that the world be concerned about Christ and His intentions.
She graduated from Villanova with a degree in Political Science and has been happily married for 21 years to Pastor Bernard. They have 4 children: Bernard (19), Jordan (17), Mariah (15) and Daniell (13).