Bishop C.L. Hardy is the Founder of New Covenant Assembly Christian Ministry, and the NCA Community Development Center in Columbia, S.C. He has pastored thirty-four years. He and Lady Cynthia B. Hardy have been married fifty years and have two sons. Bishop Hardy’s college education began at Greenville Technical College where he earned a degree in Industrial Engineering, and credentials in Industrial Electronics. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina and earned his Bachelor’s Degree (BGS). He studied at Columbia International University and obtained credits toward his Master of Divinity Degree. In addition, he earned a Master of Divinity, a Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Theology Degree from The International Apostolic College, and a Doctor of Divinity Degree was conferred upon him by the St. Thomas University. He worked for Michelin Tire Corporation as a Statistician, a Production Control Planner, and a Planning Control Consultant.
Bishop Hardy was ordained a Diocesan Bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. In October 2013, Bishop Hardy became a member of the Apostolic Faith Fellowship International, Incorporated (AFFI) and was appointed Diocesan Bishop of Episcopal District Four and Episcopal District Nine by the Presiding Prelate, the Honorable Bishop Charles E. Johnson, Largo, Maryland. In August 2016, Bishop Hardy was unanimously elected to the office of Assistant Presiding Prelate of the AFFI by Bishop Charles E. Johnson and the Board of Bishops. Bishop Hardy is the author of several publications. He is a member of a three region Advisory Board Committee for the Branch Banking & Trust Co. (also known as BB&T); and for several years, Bishop Hardy served on a U.S. Congressional Minority Advisory Committee. Bishop Hardy is also the recipient of “The Order of the Silver Crescent” and “The Order of the Palmetto”, which are the highest civilian honors given to citizens in the State of South Carolina. Bishop Hardy is well known and highly respected among his peers in the religious and secular arenas. His favorite saying is “Do What is Right”.