D. Bernard was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He
accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1986 at New Hope Baptist
Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and Usher.
In 1988 he graduated from the historic Lanier High School as Valedictorian
and Star Student. In 1992, upon graduation from Jackson State University,
he was named the Charles F. Moore School of Business Student of
the Year. This distinction is given annually to the graduating business
student with the highest G.PA.
Bernard served as Audit Manager in a global CPA firm. In 1993, he
was awarded the Silas Simmons Bronze Medal by the Mississippi State
Board of Accountancy for his high scores on the November 1992 CPA
examination. Pastor Bernard is also a Certified Internal Auditor.
In 1998, Pastor Bernard accepted a position with a global telecommunications
firm where he served as a Director of Internal Audit.
1997, Pastor Bernard met and fell in love with the former Valerie
Reginal, then a 6th grade math teacher at Powell Middle School in
Jackson. They were married in February of 1999 and now have two
sons, David and Daniel.
2000, Pastor Bernard joined his wife’s church, the Mt. Charity
Baptist Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he was ordained
as a Deacon and served as the Assistant Superintendent of Sunday
school, Chairman of the Brotherhood and the Adult Sunday School
2002, Pastor Bernard was called into the Ministry, preaching his
first sermon and being licensed in April of that same year. He was
ordained to the ministry by the laying on of hands in August of
November 2, 2003, he preached his first sermon as the 11th Pastor
of the oldest African-American Baptist church in Vicksburg, Mississippi
– the King Solomon Baptist Church.
Bernard has served on various councils and boards. He is also the
author of three books - Making Church Matter 2008, Your
Journey to Spiritual Maturity Vol. 1 “The Fool”
2010 and Your Journey to Spiritual Maturity Vol. 2:“Baby
Steps” 2011. Pastor Bernard has been a consistent presenter
and preacher at various lectures, services and workshops around