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Francis Bartley

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My wife Lois and I have worked side by side in ministry for many years, even though we pastor different churches. We have 2 kids and many grandkids that bring great joy to our lives. Our desire as a couple is to use my giftedness a way that is faithful to our participation in the Kingdom of God by pastoring church to recongnize their vitality, need for mutual cooperation, and development of our intentional mission as strong faith communities. My greatest passion in life is helping others realize the love and grace found in Jesus Christ. 

BACKGROUND: Growing up with a father who was a director for Youth For Christ in Kansas, I have had a vast experience in a number of denominations. I have been a member and/or have served in the United Methodist, American Baptist, Evangelical Covenant, Luthern and Nazarene denominations. I have also had a long history of working with both youth and adults from nearly every denomination through Youth for Christ . My experience has given me a clear sense of the unified ecumenical mission of the Church.

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

Have served in the Oklahoma Conference of the United methodist church from 2011-current.

Pastor of First Baptist Church USA from 2004 – 2011

Volenteer Chaplain at Topeka Correctional Facility for women. 2001-2004.

Interim pastor and pulpit supply for churches in the Topeka area, 2001-2003.

Youth Pastor/Worship Leader: Topeka Kansas 1997-2003.

Youth for Christ (USA) Tallinn, Estonia. 1993-1995.

Volunteer for Youth for Christ Topeka, Kansas 1988-1993

 

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Self employed Hairstylist Topeka, Kansas 1979-1992

Worked also for a major fashion products company. 1981-1985

These experiences helped form my ability to relate very well to people from a multitude of backgrounds, and become a more effective public speaker.

We have led many short-term missions and spiritual retreats. I have led and worked with many groups in short-term mission experiences in the Former Soviet Union, England, Hungry, Mexico, intercity Chicago, and Indianapolis.

Lois and I have also organized many week-long camping retreats in both the Smoky Mountains and the Rocky Mountain National parks.

EDUCATION

Masters of Divinity Central Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004.

Bachelor of Science (Human Resource Management), Friends University, 1999.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

I received the rank of Eagle Scout.

I participated in developing curriculum and pioneering a ministry for Youth for Christ in the schools in Tallinn Estonia that was utilized throughout the former Soviet Union.

I developed a CD recording of original music called, The Gift that was used as a fundraiser for Youth for Topeka Ks. While in Estonia I also preformed at the 1992 National Music Festival in Tallinn Estonia.

SPIRITUAL PILGRAMAGE

I grew up in a Christian home, and my parents and grandparents were instrumental in teaching from the very beginning the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus. Participating in Church was always very central in our family’s life. While I was young when I was baptized, it was not until my early years of marriage that I began to realize my Baptism and through the process of my father, mother and many other mentors in the church that I realized the deep need that I had to live in a personal relationship with Jesus. It was during this time, and as God revealed to me the giftedness God established in my, that I experienced an overwhelming sense of call for the first time in my life. Right away began sharing my faith with others and in time it was clear that I was being called into full time ministry. I sum up my pilgrimage as a process of refining moments where the Spirit has guided me to see more clearly how deeply God loves me and desires for me to continue my journey in life serving Jesus as Lord.

 
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