Bernard grew up in a number of places, as the son of a ministry and missionary family. He completed his high-schooling in Sydney, an Arts degree at the University of New South Wales (1997), a PhD (Political Science) at the University of New England (2003), and a Bachelor of Theology at Moore Theological College (2007). In that time, he also worked at St Mark’s Chapel (UNE), on shearing teams and properties in the New England, in politics, and, after theological training, back on farms on the Liverpool Plains.
In 2010, he was ordained and took up an Assistant Vicar’s position in Wee Waa. In 2012 he became the Vicar of Wee Waa Anglican Church and served there through to 2019. Bernard is currently the Vicar of Narrabri (2019-). Bernard has also served on the Diocesan Commission for Education and Discipleship and as a member of Diocesan Council.
Bernard is married to Anita and they have four children. In his spare time, he reads books and he definitely enjoys his family and being outside.