Pastor Victor Karl Bartley was born on May 25, 1987, to Vincent and Vierean Bartley in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the second of three children born to this union. His early education was obtained in the Richland County School District. His formative years were spent at Ephesus SDA Church in Columbia, South Carolina. There he served in many capacities, including youth and music ministries. He also matriculated from Adventurers unto completion of the Master Guide curriculum. It was at Ephesus where Pastor Bartley began his training and development for pastoral ministry at a very young age. Foundational to his ministry are the numerous lessons learned through service and leadership, both at home and church.
Pastor Bartley was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina in 2009. Ministry was never far from his mind while at Clemson. He joined the Clemson Gospel Choir, serving as a choir member from his freshman year and choir director in his senior year. It was after his time at Clemson when the Lord led him to move to Sacramento, California. He served as a local intern at the Capital City SDA Church under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Reginald Horton. During his time there, the Lord added souls to the kingdom as a result of his service.
His call to join the South Atlantic Conference, under the leadership of Elder V.J. Mendinghall, came during his time in Sacramento. He began his formal education for pastoral ministry in May 2010 at the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Upon completion of his Masters in Divinity degree in December 2012, he was called to serve as Associate Pastor at West End SDA Church in Atlanta, Georgia under the senior leadership of Pastor Calvin B. Preston in 2013. Along with his pastoral training and development, he began speaking frequently on W.A.D.E. for life, a morning devotional ministry. In January 2014, he transitioned to serve the Laurinburg/Lumberton district of North Carolina. This district was realigned in December 2016, allowing him to minister in the Laurinburg/Southern Pines district of North Carolina.
During this time Pastor Bartley was actively involved in denominational as well as civic and community work. Passionate for discipleship, multiple bible studies were conducted in the Laurinburg area, including GPS (Gospel Promises for Salvation), an eighteen lesson study guide for developing confidence in biblical spiritualty and a five lesson study guide on "The Nature of Christ." This passion opened many various opportunities for sharing the gospel in Canada and South Africa. His desire to perform Christ centered ministry allowed him to serve as Volunteer Hospital Chaplain at the local hospital in Lumberton, Lunch Buddy Mentor to five elementary students in the Laurinburg community, Certified Literary tutor in Southern Pines and United Way volunteer for Earth Day in Laurinburg.
An advocate for social justice, Pastor Bartley frequently appeared on the local radio station, speaking to relevant issues facing the surrounding community. He also formed a professional relationship with the Laurinburg city mayoral office, the police department and various city council members in an effort to be a voice for the community. Several church programs were established for the community, including the Annual Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Dinner and monthly Prayer Walk. His labor through the Spirit of Christ glorified the Father, edified God's people, claimed lost souls for His Kingdom and enriched the surrounding community.
His greatest blessing at Andrews University was meeting his beautiful bride, the former Dr. Wendy T. Masoka, Doctor of Physical Therapy, from Malawi, Africa. On July 20, 2014, they wed in holy matrimony and have experienced the innumerable blessings ordained by the Lord.
Outside of ministry, he enjoys music, sports, playing basketball, reading (seven books at a time), traveling and outdoor activities.
He is grounded by the Lord's word through Micah 6:8 - "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"