Hometown: Round Rock, TX
Ministry at Ablaze: Director of Leadership Formation
MA Theology, St. Mary University-San Antonio
BA Theology with Religious Education Concentration, Franciscan University of Steubenville
BA Business, Marketing, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Ministry Background: It was the spring of my 8th-grade year on a retreat where my relationship with Christ and His Church became personal and real. Since that time, God has been gently calling my gifts into ministry. I served on retreat teams in High School & College and was blessed by an amazing internship in youth ministry. After graduation, I was hired as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station. It was an amazing season of growth. In 2008, I become the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry at the Diocese of Austin. This is where ministry leadership became a professional passion. In 2011, I returned to parish ministry as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock and have been there since.
Passion & Interests: I delight in my family and love playing with my kids. I enjoy guitar, soccer, and Monday Night Game Night (ask me about it). I’m a bit of a nerd and my board game collection continues to grow.
How did you become involved with Ablaze? Next Level Ministry was founded along the way as the desire to share the vision of ministry broadened beyond my parish position. I see so many ministry leaders suffering and some leaving the church. This had to change. Next Level Ministry has been building ministry leaders and fostering excellence throughout the country for over 6 years! Next Level encountered Ablaze a couple of years after it’s founding. Ablaze desired to pour more intentionally into ministry leaders and choose to partner, not compete. This partnership has grown into the 360 approach of Youth Ministry that makes Ablaze Ministries so successful. I am humbled and honored to stand with the amazing ministry leaders in the Ablaze Ministries family.
Favorite Quotes and Verses:
The Hemorrhaging Woman (Mark’s account) and the Road to Emmaus in Luke can rock my spiritual world.
“Apathy is a bigger threat to the church today than heresy” – Chris Bartlett
February 2nd, 2023 | 31 mins 34 secs
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Matt and Chris discuss how to foster your children's talents through life and faith. Children will have a wide range of interests with school, church, sports and other activities. The conundrum lies in the moments where you have to prioritize & make a choice between faith obligations and other things going on simultaneously.
January 19th, 2023 | 32 mins 25 secs
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In this episode, Matt and Chris explore the many opportunities that exist within relationship, specifically marriage, to work together as spouses and grow together in faith. They discuss how these activities are actually a way to stay spiritually connected to each other and on the same page with the other's faith journey.
January 5th, 2023 | 27 mins 21 secs
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December 8th, 2022 | 29 mins 54 secs
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Chris & Matt are joined by Matt Meeks to discuss the 3 books you absolutely need to be reading to your kids!
November 24th, 2022 | 27 mins 48 secs
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Chris and Matt have some fun (and one potentially dangerous) gift you can give your kids for Christmas this year! And the best part is...it won't cost you a dime! This way your kids AND you can enjoy Christmas morning :)
November 10th, 2022 | 30 mins 23 secs
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Rocket scientist and friend of the show J.P. Quinn returns to the show to share some things he's learned as a young father. He has two kids under 3 and came in to parenting with all these lofty ideas and was hit with reality like all of us parents are. He, Chris and Matt discuss how they have adapted their parenting over the years and learned how to be a parent to each of their kids particularly.
October 27th, 2022 | 32 mins 6 secs
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We all want our children to succeed. So should we let them fail? How do we find the balance between protecting them and allowing them to grow from failure? Matt and Chris have the answers.
October 13th, 2022 | 28 mins 34 secs
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In this episode, Chris and Matt discuss the role that husbands play in their wives faith formation. They provide critical advice on how to approach the subject of faith within a marriage and how both spouses can work together to ensure they are walking together with Christ.
September 29th, 2022 | 32 mins 16 secs
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Chris & Matt kick off their virtues and vices series with a conversation about dealing with anger as a parent. Let's be honest, we've all gotten angry with our kids. How do we handle that? What are some of the tips and tricks to aid us? Chris and Matt have the answers :)
September 15th, 2022 | 36 mins 12 secs
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This week they are rejoined by Stephen Arms and welcome his dad and co-author to the show, David. They dive further into the topic and David gets to shed his light as the father who led Stephen through his own rite of passage.
September 1st, 2022 | 35 mins 59 secs
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Matt and Chris kick off a new series on the rites of passage that make a man. Today they are joined by Steven Arms, the author of "Milestone to Manhood."
August 18th, 2022 | 23 mins
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In the final episode of The Catholic Dad Show's "Doug on Tap" series, Chris and Doug Johnson cover the story of his life with Abby Johnson and how his wife went from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life activist, as well as the importance of Catholic fatherhood in the pro-life movement.
August 4th, 2022 | 31 mins 50 secs
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Chris Bartlett & Doug Johnson continue their series on fatherhood with a discussion about intimacy in marriage. They discuss how to grow in intimacy with your spouse physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
July 21st, 2022 | 37 mins 6 secs
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Chris is joined by Doug Johnson who shares about his journey through alcohol addiction into sobriety. He talks about how his addiction started, how he and his wife Abby navigated it and ultimately what made him stop.
July 7th, 2022 | 35 mins 54 secs
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Doug Johnson joins Chris Bartlett for a 4 part series on the lessons he has learned from Catholic fatherhood, being married to Abby Johnson and being a stay at home dad.
June 23rd, 2022 | 35 mins 36 secs
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Chris & Matt follow up on their last conversation about the new movie "Lightyear." They've both seen it and have differing opinions on whether it's ok for kids to see it and how to approach the conversation around it.