Zac Bartelt

Zac grew up in Washington Township, NJ. Although he attended church as a child, he didn’t understand what it meant to follow Jesus until he connected with Young Life in high school. He gave his life to Jesus Christ at a Young Life camp in 1996 and was a volunteer Young Life leader after high school for 6 years.

Zac earned an undergraduate degree in Law and Justice and a graduate degree in Counseling. He has had a variety of vocational experiences including substance abuse counseling, masonry, public relations, and modeling throughout NJ and NYC. He also long had the desire to discover firsthand what the life of a soldier entailed and in 2008 enlisted in the United States Army as a Special Forces Recruit. Zac earned the Green Beret and served in 2 combat tours to Afghanistan.

After nearly 8 years in the service, Zac felt the desire to dedicate his attention full-time to building the church and, in 2016, obtained a Master of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Zac has been married to his wife, Barbie, since 2013 and is the father of two beautiful children, Sawyer and Finley.