Bernie originally began pastoring a church in Wytheville, VA but realized he needed more training.  He graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center and was ordained through David Ingles’ ministry at Walnut Grove Church in Tulsa, OK.  He served as pastor at Word of Faith Fellowship in Rutherfordton, NC, where he earned an Associate Degree in social work.  Bernie and his wife Cheryl later settled in Carthage, TN.  Bernie has been facilitating the Hope for Life weekly group meetings in Cookeville and Carthage for 2 years.  Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland is glad to welcome Bernie now as the Director of Hope for Life, the non-residential program of Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland.  Bernie looks forward to serving the Lord through Hope for Life and helping others find deliverance from addiction.