Christian Cultural Center
|Christian Cultural Center|
The west side of the Christian Cultural Center.
|Location||12020 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11207
|Former name(s)||Christian Life Center|
|Founder(s)||Dr. A. R. Bernard|
|Senior pastor(s)||Dr. A.R. Bernard|
|Pastor(s)||Pastor Karen Bernard|
The Christian Cultural Center (CCC) is a non-denominational Christian megachurch located in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York City. Founded in 1979 by Dr.A.R. Bernard, The facility sits on an 11-acre (45,000 m2) campus and the church claims over 37,000 members. Christian Cultural Center is the largest evangelical church in the New York region and one of the largest independent churches in the United States. Christian Cultural Center began as a small parish in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York in 1978. The current Senior Pastor, A. R. Bernard, left a ten year banking career, to follow the call of God on his life in full-time ministry. With his wife Karen Bernard at his side the church began with a small membership, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and reaching out to its local community in Brooklyn. The Lord Jesus Christ has taken the church through many stages of growth and development, over the years. Today CCC stands not only as a premier spiritual institution in New York City and around the world, but as a unique model of Christian Ministry. A. R. Bernard is also President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York representing 1.5 million Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox Christians. He has a Master of Urban Studies and a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wagner College in May 2010 and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary in May 2009. Karen Bernard left a career in Queens County Supreme Court to raise 7 sons and co-pastor with her husband. Together they have successfully experienced 41 years of marriage and 35 years of ministry.