Reverend Bernard Been was born on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. From a young age, he “always had an inclination” that he would become a Priest. At age 10 he joined the Altar Servers at the Parish of St. Thomas, Grand Turk, which was the genesis of a life committed to God.
He enrolled at The College of The Bahamas, Nassau, in 1999, and in 2001, received an Associate of Arts Degree in Religious Studies. Later that year he enrolled in Codrington College, Barbados and three years later, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, with a Diploma in Pastoral Studies.
In 2004 Reverend Been was ordained Deacon at St. Thomas, Grand Turk, the same Parish in which he first served as an Acolyte. He was then assigned to the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King, Grand Bahama, to serve his Diaconate.
He was ordained Priest in 2005, and continued to serve at Christ the King, Freeport. He excelled as a Youth leader, maintaining the existing youth ministries, and introducing others, including the CTK Kings Basketball Team for young boys, and the Youth Choir.
In 2006 Reverend Been married the love of his life, Attorney-at- Law Jo-Ann (née) Clarke of Barbados. That same year he was assigned to St. Agnes Church, Grants Town, in New Providence. While there, he completed a Diploma in Secondary Education from the College of The Bahamas, which qualified him as a trained teacher.
In 2010 Reverend Been was assigned to the Church of St. Monica, Providenciales, with responsibility for St. George, South Caicos. While at St. Monica, he completed studies with The International Fellowship of Chaplains to certify himself as a Community and Workplace Chaplain.
In January 2016, Reverend Been and Jo-Ann relocated to Barbados. He currently serves as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Society Hill, St. John.