Bernie Kaufman is the co-founder and director of Disciple Me, Inc. the managing organization behind Fortify 2018. He also serves as the Area Director for The Northeast Indiana Coalition for Men’s Discipleship, a local arm of Man in the Mirror Ministries.
Bernie has been developing and training leaders for over 35 years both in the business and church marketplace. His passion is seeing men lock arms together and with Jesus in the battle for men’s souls. He and his wife, Paula, have one son, Matthew, and two wonderful grandsons, Tyler and Brayden.
“Everywhere I turned, the financial walls were caving in. Soon I realized that God was asking me to turn to Him.
The year was 2008 and the real estate market had crashed for the second time in 2 ½ years. Our home furnishings business had followed the market crash and we were facing millions in debt and no way to create the income that would be needed to survive financially. It seemed that God had let us down!
It took 7 years to sell off the rest of the assets and 7 years of no income yet Paula and I would somehow answer the call to ministry where God would lead us to help equip churches and to teach men and women the things that He had taught us. Now my stubborn pride must be overcome daily as I ask for the strength necessary to pick up my cross and carry it. His love never fails.”