Daniel was born in Clearwater, Florida on July 4, 1956. In December of 1978, Daniel accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Shortly after getting saved, he went to Kentucky Christian College where he obtained his BA in Bible. He furthered his education by attending Cincinnati Bible Seminary for two years on a Leadership Scholarship. Daniel received several awards for Leadership and Preaching. He has earned an MA in Missiology from Liberty Theological Seminary. In September 2000, he was given an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary in Tampa, Florida. His wife, Kathy, attended Florida Christian College and earned her Master's degree in Christian Education and Counseling at Cincinnati Bible Seminary.
While working on his Master's degree at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, he met and married Kathy. They have been married for thirty-two years. They have six children: Leah, Luke, Bethany, Faith, Peter, and Rachel. They have ministered in a variety of arenas. They pastored churches in Williamstown, KY, and Bryan, TX. While in Bryan, Full House Ministries, Inc. was established. Through this ministry, several outreaches were done, such as street ministry and short-term mission trips to Nigeria and Mexico.
In January of 1991, the Bernards left the U.S. to do mission work in Nigeria, West Africa. Their goal was to plant churches and develop a discipleship school. Although the Bernards left the mission field in 1996, the work continues with thirteen established churches. After ministering in Nigeria, the Bernards felt that God was leading them to Tampa Bay to work with the local churches. In December of 1996, Somebody Cares Tampa Bay was established.
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay was established to unify and empower the Church across denominational and racial lines, utilizing all the key components that are needed to effectively reach and evangelize the Bay area for Christ. Somebody Cares has equipped and supplied the Church with resources through many projects and events. By combining resources, we have been able to do more together than apart and significantly increase our effectiveness in reaching the Bay area.
Daniel is the author of the following books: Praying Up a Storm, God's Soul Desire, The Church at its Best (formerly City Impact). He has also co-authored two books with his wife, Kathy: a book on marriage, Me Tarzan, You Jane! and a discipleship workbook based on the beatitudes, Attitudes in Action. He also was a contributor to 101 Ways to Reach Your Community and 101 Ways to Reach the Needy, by Steve Sjogren. Daniel has been a guest on the 700 Club and the Christian Television Network. Daniel is available for speaking engagements and can be reached at email@example.com.
Under Daniel's direction, Somebody Cares Tampa Bay has:
- Monthly Pastors' meetings throughout greater Tampa Bay
- Unifying compassion ministries to share resources
- Led Prayer and Visitation Day 1998, for Graham Crusade
- Kicked off National Book of Hope Campaign, distributing 600,000 books door-to-door
- Supper Bowl, a sanctioned event of Super Bowl XXXV. Over 12,000 attended; 120,000 lbs. of food distributed; 3 truck loads of clothes; 176 churches served together; 1,500 volunteers; 1,210 people indicated making a decision for Christ.
- Distributed over 29 million lbs. of food since 2001. We currently have two trucks and have release 6 additional trucks to other ministries.
- Since 1999, annual Raise the Roof event, which is an evangelistic concert. Attendance has grown from 5,200 to over 17,000. Top Christian artist; professional athletes share; 1,500 – 2,000 underprivileged children sponsored. Thousands were impacted by the Gospel.
- CareFest - since 2001, the Church community in over 26 cities bless their communities through service with over 5,000 volunteers, 400 projects, and $1.5 million dollars worth of goods and services each year, as a result of CareFest. CareFest takes place the last Saturday of September in Tampa Bay. www.CareFestusa.com. Now we are year round with our Caretagious program.
- Celebration of 2 Kings – the goal of this outreach is to not only honor Martin Luther King, Jr., but to also introduce people to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. In 2005, our volunteers gave away thousands of free drinks along the parade route, 18,000 lbs. of free groceries were given to families, and over 1,000 grilled hotdogs were served.
- Back to School has distributed over 400,000 over the last 10 years - to needy school children and helped to sponsor back to school festivals with food, fun, and games.
- Caretagious Christmas – we assisted over 100 families during the holidays to receive new toys, non-perishable foods, grocery store/shopping gift certificates, and financial donations.
- Disaster Relief – in 2004, with the help of Operation Blessing, we allotted an excess of $1,500,000 for hurricane relief to Florida's hurricane victims. In 2005, we helped to replace approximately 25 mobile homes for hurricane victims who otherwise "fell through the cracks." We also helped to relocate victims of Hurricane Katrina to the Tampa area. We are on the ground with help immediately when disaster hits.
- Awards and Notoriety – Recognized as one of the top 10 charities in the nation by Acton Institute's Samaritan Award Program and were recognized as a Top Five Finalist in the State of Florida for the FASTEN and Points of Light Competition.
- Best Non-Profit five years in a row in City of Clearwater, FL. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,& 2016
- Appeared on 700 Club – over a dozen times.
- Frequently on local media – Channel 8, Bay News 9, Tampa Tribune, Christian Television Network