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THE REV. DR. BERNARD R. WILSON
Executive Minister, The Riverside Church, New York City
A Minister of the Church of God in Christ

Bernard R. Wilson is the Executive Minister at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, an interdenominational, interracial, and international congregation with over 2,500 members.  Located in the Morningside area of the city, the church is a member of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the United Church of Christ.

During his more than 20 years as a Chaplain in the United States Navy, Dr. Wilson has been a leading agent in forging proactive and effective initiatives in mentoring, suicide awareness, family life support, and quality of life issues.

Before his call to The Riverside Church, Dr. Wilson served as the Northeast Director of Religious Ministries (1998-2000), responsible for developing and controlling budgets for administration, training and material support for eight northeastern states.

From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Wilson was the Assistant Chaplain for the United States Marine Corps, leading and managing over 500 chaplains and their assistants serving the Marine Corps.  In that role, Dr. Wilson was advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on spiritual, ethical and moral issues.

Recognized as a compassionate, insightful and spiritual leader, Dr. Wilson achieved the highest-ever customer satisfaction levels while in charge of placing and assigning chaplains of all faiths for the Naval Chief of Chaplains from 1992 to 1995.

A gifted and much-requested speaker, Dr. Wilson was named the Best Preacher in the Navy (1985) and was selected as the guest speaker for the National Cathedral's Veteran's Day Service.

Dr. Wilson received the Doctor of Ministry from the New York Theological Seminary; the Master of Science Degree from Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I.; the Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary, New York; the Master of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga.; and the Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga.

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