After receiving his Master of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary and PhD from Southern Methodist University, Bishop Bard served as an United Methodist Church pastor for more than 30 years, leading congregations in Minnesota and the Iron Range around Lake Superior.
He was elected to the Episcopacy in 2016 and has held many roles within both the Minnesota Annual Conference and the General Church. Bishop Bard was a General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate in the early- and mid-2000s and an Episcopal Nominee in both 2004 and 2008.
Within the Minnesota Conference, he served as Chair of the Episcopacy Committee and Higher Education Ministry Team, as well as on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Congregational Response Team.
Bishop Bard was a Conference Parliamentarian and a District Superintendent from 1998-2005, spending three years on the Commission on Religion & Race.
Within the General Church, he has served on the Study on Ministry Commission, the Committee on Faith & Order and the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy.