An Introduction to our next Lead Pastor | Kyle Bartholic

Mark Henderson   -  

Dear Christ Community:

I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as the next Lead Pastor at Christ Community Church. Many of you know me, and for some, we’ve served in ministry together. From the beginning, I have always desired to serve the church well, and over the last fifteen years, God has graciously allowed me to serve in various cities and contexts. This adventure into ministry started in 2004 by overseeing 6th-grade boys’ discipleship in a multi-campus suburban Chicago church. Getting a front-row seat to watch the power of the Gospel come to fruition in the lives of adults, students, and their peers, parents, and the lives of leaders has been a humbling and exciting endeavor. The power of the Gospel is the foundation of our faith and is lived out through the local church’s life and ministry.

As any leader will tell you, the road over these years has had its ups and downs. We can all testify to this truth in our own lives. While we are growing in likeness with Jesus; certainly, we have not arrived at completion yet! What a good and gracious Father we have. He is patient with us personally as we grow on our own and patient with us as a body as we grow corporately. We, as a body, can give testimony to this truth. God has worked mightily and patiently in us and through us. And, he yearns to keep working in this next season. The opportunity to continue following Jesus as a church into a healthy disciple-making future is an exciting prospect! My heart is for lost people to be saved, saved people to be pastored, pastored people to be in the harvest field, and harvest workers bearing eternal fruit. The church faces an increasing headwind, but the Gospel will prevail, and I am eager to labor in that work with you.

Trusting the Lord with you,

Kyle Bartholic



  • Experience as a lead Youth Pastor, creating and developing programs, leading staff and leading interns, adults, and student teams.
  • Passion for and energized by opportunities to communicate with large groups.
  • Education specializing in Christian Ministry and adolescent psychology.
  • Certified trainer in SonLife discipleship strategies: Live 2:6 (9-month disciple-making cohort), 4 Chair Discipleship (4-hour disciple-making workshop), & Foundations (6-hour workshop looking at the missional priorities of Jesus)
  • Gatherings Director for IMPACT Conference: Winter HS conference averaging 700-800 students.
  • In the process of completing licensure with the EFCA.


Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL.                             Graduated: 05/08

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries

  • Youth Ministry emphasis; Biblical Studies and Psychology Minors
  • GPA 3.56/4.0
  • Completed an additional 18 hours of psychology courses: concentration in organizational and adolescent psychology.


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO.          Currently enrolled.

MTS: Preaching & Pastoral Ministry

  • 45 hour Master’s of Theological Studies
  • Degree to be completed in Aug. 2021



Pastor of Discipleship, Christ Community Church, Ames, IA            12/18-Present

  • Primary responsibilities include:
    • Coaching of all Connect team staff: CM director, two SM youth pastors, Men’s and Women’s directors, and Connect admin assistant.
    • Oversight of vision and direction for all discipleship ministries (children, students, men & women, and connect groups).
      • Includes the development of leaders for student ministry, men’s & women’s ministry, and connect groups.
        • 85 group leaders (connect groups/men’s & women’s min)
        • 600 adults connected in a group on average.
      • Serve on ministry leader’s team, to help guide and implement vision.
      • Assist lead pastor as needed:
        • Weddings / Funerals
        • Sunday Teaching Team


Lead Student Pastor, Christ Community Church, Ames, IA               11/16-12/18

  • Primary responsibilities include:
    • Coaching of staff ( MS student pastor & SM assistant)
    • Oversight of curriculum scope and sequence.
      • Includes weekly teaching responsibilities in HS large group gatherings.
    • Serve on ministry leader’s team, to help guide and implement vision.
    • Recruitment and development of adult volunteer staff.
      • Development and oversight of the college internship program.
      • Ministry serves 250 MS & HS students with 50 adult leaders.
    • Assist lead pastor as needed:
      • Weddings / Funerals
      • Sunday Teaching Team 


Youth Pastor, Atlantic Evangelical Free Church, Atlantic, IA                     06/13-11/16

  • Primary responsibilities include:
    • Development and implementation of teaching curriculum and programming strategies for Middle and High school.
      • Teaching includes: Sunday school and weeknight meeting lessons.
    • Strategic oversight and assistance with Awana children’s programming.
    • Recruitment and development of adult volunteer staff.
      • Development and oversight of summer internship program.
    • Assist the senior pastor as needed:
      • Weddings / Funerals
      • Pulpit supply as needed.
    • Community involvement:
      • Kiwanis Builders Club: bi-weekly meetings at middle school.
        • This club focuses on leadership and character development with 6-8th grade students.
      • Volunteering at high school events throughout the school year.
      • Partnering with local YMCA to host 5th Quarter events after home football games for 6-12th grade students.


Jr. High Teacher, Evangel Heights Christian Academy, Sarver, PA           08/12- 6/13

  • Responsible for 6,7, and 8th-grade History courses, 7th grade Language Arts, and 7th grade Bible.


Youth Director, Christ Community Fellowship, Sarver, PA                       07/09 – 10/12

  • Hired to head the holistic development and spiritual growth of teens within the church (ages 12-18).
  • Job requirements include the development of programs, planning and presenting weekly lessons, and recruitment and training of volunteer leadership.
  • Serve as a part of the Leadership Team with the focus of developing and growing the overall health of the church.


Teen Care Presenter, Life Choices, Kittanning, PA                                   10/09- 06/12

  • Work as an abstinence educator in local public and private Junior and Senior High Schools.
  • The emphasis of the program was to counsel and educate students to make healthy choices in matters of sexual integrity, relationships, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Position offered the unique opportunity to work in public schools and connect with over 1500 students each year.