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David K. Bernard
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EducationRice University
University of Texas
University of South Africa
Spouse(s)Connie Bernard
Parent(s)Elton D. Bernard
Loretta Bernard

David K. Bernard is a Oneness Pentecostal theologian and currently serves as the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International, the largest Oneness Pentecostal organisation with constituents worldwide. He currently teaches as a Professor of Biblical Studies and Apostolic Leadership at Urshan Graduate School of Theology.


David Bernard was the founder of New Life Church of Austin, Texas, out of which 16 additional churches were started under his leadership. He was also the founding president of Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology and currently teaches as a Professor of Biblical Studies and Apostolic Leadership at Urshan Graduate School of Theology.[1] He received his master and Doctor of Theology in New Testament from the University of South Africa, doctor of jurisprudence with honors from the University of Texas, and bachelor of arts magna cum laude in mathematical sciences and managerial studies from Rice University.[2]

He has authored 36 books with a reported circulation of 900,000 in 39 languages.[2] His works are commonly referred to in understanding the beliefs of Oneness Pentecostals.[3][4][5][6] His book, The New Birth (1984), is said to have been used more extensively than any other to demonstrate the beliefs of Oneness Pentecostals since published.[7] Other works regarded as notable include The Oneness of God (1983) and The Oneness of Jesus Christ (1994).[8]

Bernard has also engaged in scholarly dialogue with trinitarians which has been welcomed by some in the wider pentecostal community.[9][10][11] A "Trinity-Oneness Dialogue" also emerged at Society for Pentecostal Studies during this time.[12] Bernard chaired the Oneness team.[13] More recently, Amos Young, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, wrote that his work "marks the emerging maturation of the Oneness Pentecostal academy"[14]

Authored Books[edit]

Pentecostal Theology Series[edit]

  • Vol. 1: Bernard, David K. (1986). Vol. 1: The Oneness of God (Reprint edition ed.). Pentecostal Publishing House. ISBN 9780912315126.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  • Vol. 2: Bernard, David K. (1984). The New Birth. Hazelwood, Mo.: Word Aflame Press. ISBN 9780912315775.
  • Vol. 3: Bernard, Loretta A.; Bernard, David K. (1988). In search of holiness. Hazelwood, MO: Word Aflame Press. ISBN 9780912315409.
  • Vol. 4: Bernard, David K. (1985). Practical holiness : a second look. Hazelwood, Mo.: Word Aflame Press. ISBN 9780912315911.
  • A Study Guide for The Oneness of God
  • A Study Guide for The New Birth
  • A Study Guide for In Search of Holiness
  • A Study Guide for Practical Holiness

Biblical Theology (Other)[edit]

Practical Theology[edit]

  • Spiritual Leadership in the 21st Century
  • The Apostolic Life
  • Growing a Church
  • The Pentecostal Minister (ed. with J. L. Hall)


  • Essential Doctrines of the Bible
  • Essentials of Oneness Theology
  • Essentials of the New Birth
  • Essentials of Holiness
  • Understanding the Articles of Faith
  • Bible Doctrines and Study Guide

Church History[edit]

  • A History of Christian Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Post-Apostolic Age to the Middle Ages
  • A History of Christian Doctrine, Vol. 2: The Reformation to the Holiness Movement
  • A History of Christian Doctrine, Vol. 3: The Twentieth Century
  • Oneness and Trinity, AD 100-300
  • The Trinitarian Controversy in the Fourth Century


  • The Message of Colossians and Philemon
  • The Message of Romans


  1. "Our Team". ugst.edu. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "David K. Bernard". UPCI. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. Maas, Ed van der (2002). New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, The (Expanded, Revised edition ed.). Bibliography and Historiography of Pentecostalism in the United States: Zondervan. ISBN 9780310224815.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  4. Vondey, Wolfgang (2010). Beyond Pentecostalism: The Crisis of Global Christianity and the Renewal of the Theological Agenda. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9780802864017.
  5. Vondey, Wolfgang (2012). Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed. A&C Black. p. 77. ISBN 9780567627315.
  6. Reed, David (2008). In Jesus' Name: The History and Beliefs of Oneness Pentecostals. Deo Publishing. ISBN 9781905679010.
  7. Norris, David S. (2009). I Am: A Oneness Pentecostal Theology. Word Aflame Press. p. 236. ISBN 9781567227307.
  8. Synan, Vinson (2001). Century Of The Holy Spirit 100 Years Of Pentecostal And Charismatic Renewal, 1901-2001. The United Pentecostal Church: Nelson Reference & Electronic Pub. ISBN 9780785245506.
  9. Yong, Amos (2005). The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology (Edition Unstated edition ed.). Baker Academic. pp. 205–212. ISBN 9780801027703.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  10. Yong, Amos (1997). "Oneness and the Trinity: The Theological and Ecumenical Implications of Creation Ex Nihilo for an Intra-Pentecostal Dispute". Pneuma. 19 (1): 81–107. doi:10.1163/157007497X00064. ISSN 1570-0747.
  11. Macchia, Frank D. (1 January 2017). "The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ: Deification of Jesus in Early Christian Discourse, by David K. Bernard". Pneuma. 39 (4): 559–561. doi:10.1163/15700747-03904010. ISSN 1570-0747.
  12. French, Talmadge L.; Anderson, Allan H. (2014). Early Interracial Oneness Pentecostalism: G. T. Haywood and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Pickwick Publications. p. 21. ISBN 9781625641502.
  13. Synan, Vinson (2011). Spirit-Empowered Christianity in the 21st Century: Insights, Analysis, and Future Trends from World-Renowned Scholars. Charisma House. pp. 505–506. ISBN 9781616382193.
  14. Bernard, David K. (2017). The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ: Deification of Jesus in Early Christian Discourse. Deo Publishing. ISBN 9781905679362.

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