Bernie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. When he was 8 years old, he was invited to weekly kids Bible study in the home of Homer and Irma Mayers. He eventually became a Christ follower and, after college, moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1978. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology – Aviation from LeTourneau in Longview, TX. Over the years, Bernie has been involved in several Christians organizations. He is the President of Solid Rock Ministries and Solid Rock Productions, has served as Board President and currently is a Board Member of Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center, a Board Member of Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Financial Supporter of Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family. Besides being an Elder at Noelridge, he is an Awana Leader, and a member of the Worship Team. He has been married to his wife Nancy since 1999 and together they have 3 daughters and 5 grandkids.