O. Bernard SmallsGwen Witherspoon
Visionary & Teacher
Bernard Smalls is an author and a transformational teacher in the Body of Christ. He has functioned as a corporate trainer in the business world and as a consulting resource with The Ken Blanchard Companies. He has a marketplace ministry with a focus on success motivation, leadership, sales, and service excellence from a Christian perspective.
Bernard founded and was pastor of Prevailing Word Outreach Church in Anchorage Alaska for 10 years. He is a student of the Bible and psychology and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Bernard embraces a positive word of faith, success-motivation approach to ministry. His commission from God is eradicating poverty consciousness from the minds of His people, preparing the church for the Great Wealth Transfer.
In his professional endeavors, Bernard is known as the Guru Ho Guru, a leadership expert, customer service specialist, and culture strategist. Bernard Smalls has functioned as a corporate trainer in the business world and as a consulting resource with a focus on leadership, sales, and service excellence for over 30 years.
Before all of that, he was a professional drummer playing in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area. After a potentially lucrative deal with Motown fell through, he began to pursue spiritual development. Bernard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Esoteric Theology and is the founder HuMax Consulting Group. Bernard brings timeless solutions to organizations through proven wisdom that produces the best results.
He is married to Karen Smalls, the wife of his youth for over 40 years. They have four wonderful children Travian, Terrence, Aaron, and Alexia.
Karen SmallsGwen Witherspoon
Executive Director, Operations
Karen Smalls is result-oriented and committed to individual and group progress. She is an earnest advocate of personal confidence and growth and highly motivated to strengthen people one-by-one, making an entire group unstoppable. An insightful facilitator of positive change, Karen can be counted on to initiate action that brings about change. Known for her dramatic style, Karen is a persuasive communicator. She has a natural ability to analyze any situation to determine what is needed. As a trainer, she is capable of developing programs that effectively motivate people to meet those needs and reach a desired end. Her foresight, wisdom, and delivery leave a lasting mark wherever she goes.
One of her passions is enlarging the capacity of people to achieve their goals and live full lives. Those who attend her conferences and workshops or receive her coaching always leave with stronger relationships, increased self esteem, and energy to pursue their dreams. Karen replaces discouragement with hope and ambiguity with purpose, and she provides the tools for personal growth.
As the executive director of operations for Word Church Now, Karen is the senior operating officer of the organization working alongside her husband, Bernard, to a create a culture of growth and effectiveness. Her primary focus is leadership development–for which she carries a masters degree, managing administrative support, and oversight of all support functions.
She is the mother of Travian, Terrence, Aaron, and Alexia and Nana to soon-to-be five grandchildren. When she’s not building and developing and working on her doctoral thesis as a PhD candidate in the psychology of organizational behavior, she’s coloring and keeping everyone away from her perfectly sharpened deluxe box of Crayola crayons.
Aaron SmallsGwen Witherspoon
As a son of parents in ministry, Aaron’s whole life was spent in the church. Dad was a pastor. Mom was a worship leader. Not only were they a family in ministry, but the Smalls were a family of musicians. In that tradition, he started his classical piano training at four and joined the worship team at 11.
Aaron joined because he always had a love for music, and this was an opportunity to do what he loved. A decade later, at just 14, he became the Worship Director. At that age, you can imagine how fun it was to direct people that were old enough to be his parents. He was in charge of leading worship for a year with no spiritual connection; however, at the age of 15, that all changed. Aaron transitioned from just being a Christian and a musician to a being worshipper. He has been hooked ever since, and he’s been writing songs since then too.
He has made it his mission that every song written and every melody sung at Word Church Now will lead others into the presence of God, where they can be forever changed. Ultimately, we understand that everything happens in his presence, but nothing happens without his presence.
Aaron is a corporate trainer for Slater Hospitality, husband to Sydney, and dog dad to Reign, Dolce, Gabana, and Bella.