He is a straightforward communicator whose passion is connecting God’s unchanging truth with diverse cultures through the preaching and teaching of the Bible.
Born and raised in Miami, Bernie is proud of his Hispanic heritage and was raised in an environment that embraced cultural diversity. He is a husband, father, pastor and teacher.
He received his education at Florida International University (B.A., English Literature) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Biblical Exposition and Pastoral Leadership), where he completed his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. Pastor Bernie also serves in the School of Ministry as an Instructor for Biblical and Theological Studies.
Bernie has also served as a church consultant, itinerant minister, and church planter. In addition to his role at PBA, he serves on staff for First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach as Teaching Pastor for their new Hispanic campus (LIF: La Iglesia Familiar).
“Coming from a Cuban-American home has allowed me to see the beauty of God and His people in the creative avenue of culture and language,” he says. “I desire to be used by God to bridge the gaps between the truth of God and the lives of needy people who desperately need to hear and see the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Bernie and his wife, Ana, have two sons (Bernie and Nicholas), and a daughter (Sophia). Bernie loves reading, running, wrestling with his boys and having imaginary tea with Sophia. He’s decided to homeschool her until she is 47.