Meet Our Pastor
Michael Moore Bernard is the fifth pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC). He was saved on January 1, 1993 and has been a member of EBC since June 23, 1993. He states,
|"It gives me great joy to be part of a church where the truth of God's Word is undiluted and where I find support from the body of believers. I am also humbled being entrusted to be a servant of this great work. My wife and family join me in expressing our delight in having this opportunity to serve in this place at this time."|
Pastor Bernard's greatest passion is to share Christ with others; he is dedicated in ministering to the
needs of persons in our church and community and is actively involved in our Evangelism Ministry.
He is also committed to fulfilling the mission statement of our church to lead people "to love God,
love others, serve and reproduce".
A trained Safety Consultant, Pastor Bernard has a degree in Management & Psychology and is currently pursuing the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) programme at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology.
Over the years, he has proven to be a genuine, faithful, and disciplined person.
Pastor Michael Bernard (Pastor Mike) is married to Olive since 1997 and is the father of two
children, Abigail and Joel.
(Bernard family photo: 2014)
Tell us, where did you grow up?
I spent most of my teenage and young adult life in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
What is the date of your birthday?
What are your hobbies and what activities do you participate in during your past-time?
My hobbies include fishing, table tennis and reading; and I love to spend most of my past-time in the country on a farm, and having cook-outs.
What is your favourite dish?
Without a doubt, Jamaican curried 'ram goat' and I also love stewed 'cow tail'.
What are your strengths?
Who are some of the persons that inspire you?
My mother, my wife, and anyone with BIG faith.
Which verse is your favourite Bible verse/passage?
My favourite Bible verses are found in 1 John 5:11-13 . . . "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
What motivates you?
The need to serve others.
What is your greatest passion in Christian living?
To share Christ with others.
Did you always want to be a pastor? If not, what career were you pursuing?
No. I wanted to be an Air Traffic Controller and then later a Book Seller. I received training as a Safety Advisor/Consultant and I used to provide life safety/fire protection advice and solutions to individuals and industries. I did this for 17 years.
How did you sense God's calling to Ministry on your life?
After He saved me, I had an appetite for reading, studying and obeying His Word, and to assemble with God's people. During the process of time and as I supported my Pastors over the years, I felt a tug on my heart to give more of myself to the Lord. As a series of messages and events (including prompting from others) spoke to me, I became convicted that there was a reason/cause for this tug on my heart. I was concerned about this, so I made a commitment to God to make myself available to be used in whatever way He saw fit to use me.
What is one of your greatest joys in ministry?
To see a life transformed by Christ and to help nurture that individual to become a mature believer.
What would you say is the hardest part of being a pastor?
Seeing people who profess faith in Jesus Christ refusing to turn away from their rebellion against the Lord in spite of others encouraging them to walk the strait and narrow path.
Tell us about your wife Olive.
A mutual friend introduced me to Olive about two years before I got saved. Olive is well organized. She is also very committed to whatever task she is assigned and she takes the utmost care to ensure that it is done properly. She complements me by helping to smooth out my rough edges, and she also gives sound advice. She critiques me, so I like to run things by her to get her opinion. She is also very caring - not just to me, but to our children Abigail and Joel, as well as to others. I thank the Lord for giving her to me.
What is the favourite activity that you do with your children?
I like to play dominoes, football, and water sports with them.
How do you balance your personal life and ministry?
It is very difficult, but I try to set apart certain days/times and do my very best to keep the appointment.
What do you hope people will take away with them after they visit EBC?
I hope that the word of God will convict them so much that it will linger in their hearts until they submit to God in the area that He spoke to them about.