Dr. John L. Bartlett was born September 12, 1927, in Versailles, Kentucky, the son of Guy W. Bartlett and Belle Elizabeth Adams Bartlett.
John graduated from Versailles High School, Versailles, Kentucky, January 1946. Immediately upon graduation, he volunteered for the Army. He received basic training at Camp Lee, Virginia, and saw service in Manila, Philippine Islands, where he served until June, 1947. September, 1947, he entered Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, and received an A. B. degree in August, 1950.
He worked from 1951 to 1963 as a Traffic Clerk for National Distillers & Products Corporation, Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1963, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1966. He worked for several years toward a doctorate and received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1987.
He married Bonnie Lou Farmer on June 29, 1969, in Charlestown, Indiana. From the beginning, she was a vital part of his ministry.
He pastored First Christian Church, Charlestown, Indiana, from 1963 – 1977, where he led the congregation in membership growth and in building a new church building. He pastored First Christian Church, Sandersville, Georgia, from 1977-1981. He pastored Seminole Christian Church, Seminole, Florida, from 1981 – 1990. He pastored First Christian Church, Tonkawa, Oklahoma, From 1990 – 2004.
John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Guy; and grandson, Hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of the home; one son, Matthew Layton Bartlett; three daughters, Starr Renee Bartlett Tattersall of Pinellas Park, Florida, Melissa Yates Bartlett Russell of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Janelle Grayce Bartlett Wagenknecht of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 3 grandsons, John Layton Russell of Frankfort, Kentucky, Hunter and Dylan Wagenknecht of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 3 granddaughters, Leslie Russell of Frankfort, Kentucky, Kiersten and Amber Wagenknecht of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and 1 great-granddaughter, Regan Russell of Frankfort, Kentucky.