Shawn D. Bartley - Bishop
Bishop Shawn D. Bartley, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, was born in Kingston and raised in the Portmore area. After attending the Morris Knibb Preparatory School, he went on to Kingston College High School, where he excelled academically. In 1982, he graduated, with honors, as the class valedictorian. Upon his graduation he migrated to the United States with his family, where they settled in the Philadelphia area. Bishop Bartley furthered his education by attending the Community College of Philadelphia and Beaver University, with a double major in Business and Science. Since 1987, Bishop Bartley has pursued a career in proprietary education. He began serving as a High School Admissions Representative and later went on to become the Director of Admissions for three different schools. He served as the Executive Director for five years and in 2005 he was promoted to President and was the First African American President of Thompson Institute-a leader in allied health training. Thompson Institute known also as Kaplan Career Institute is a division of the Washington Post and is a leading provider of allied heath staffing for area hospitals such as Hahnemann, Jefferson, Einstein, Temple and others. Under his leadership, this company experienced tremendous growth was listed as one of the top 5% of schools in the country in the Kaplan organization. At age 13, Bishop Bartley experienced the power of God in a way that changed his life forever. After witnessing the miraculous healing of his 5 year old brother from cancer, Bishop Bartley accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He was 15 years old when he began to share the Word of God. Bishop Bartley officially began his ministry in 1986 and was ordained as a minister in 1988. After serving as Associate Minister for several years, he was appointed to the Pastorate of True United Church. His influence as a Pastor has extended far beyond the Philadelphia area. In September 2005, Bishop Bartley received a Doctorate Degree in Ministry. In June 2007, Bishop Bartley stepped out on faith and resigned his position as President of The Thompson Institute to heed to the voice of God, and pursue the call on his life by entering into full time ministry. Bishop Bartley is the Founder of the United Fellowship J Churches, a covering body providing pastors & churches with guidance. In all of his endeavors, Bishop Bartley continues to impact the lives of thousands of people, locally, nationally and internationally. Bishop Bartley consistently has the support of not only hits TUC family, but also his immediate and extended family. Pastor Neville and Minister Carol Crawford, his parents, nurtured his gifts and spiritual growth. His four sons: Shawn Jr., Sheldon, Devon and Chad bring him, much joy and will be his greatest legacy. Bishop Bartley ' is married to Lady Tanya Manning-Bartley, his best friend. Together they are leading their family and church toward the vision God has pressed upon them. Bishop Bartley has served the Germantown community for over 25 years. During his 28 years serving as a Pastor he was recognized for his impact in the community and was honored by the Germantown Courier Newspaper and various political leaders, such as the Governor of Pennsylvania, the State Representative of Pennsylvania, ' and the Mayor of Philadelphia. Bishop Bartley’s national impact has also resulted in him receiving letters of recognition from the former President of the United States, George Bush and the Jamaican Consulate to the United States. In August 2014, Bishop Bartley opened the True United Learning Center, which provides a learning environment for children ages 1-12 years old. He also implemented a before and after school program which assist children with their homework and improve their learning outcomes. Bishop Bartley is presently establishing a Computer Learning Center, which will offer the community a place to learn different software and assist them in writing resumes and job search. In 2015, Bishop Bartley and True United Church officially came under the umbrella of the Ruach Networks of Churches, where Bishop John Francis of the United Kingdom, is the Presiding Prelate. This union will further propel Bishop Bartley ministry in reaching many comers of the world. Anointed of God, dynamic, effective and skilled in his preaching ministry, a visionary with the integrity and courage to pursue the plan of God, Bishop Bartley is a leader par excellence. Bishop Bartley’s compassionate and caring demeanor is a signature mark to the profound influence on the lives he has touched as father, husband, spiritual father, colleague, friend and trailblazer.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us". (Ephesians 3:20)