Ally Bartlett: In Her Own Words

Called, Committed and Growing.

My name is Ally Bartlett, and I was created with a purpose by a perfect God.

I am a junior at Eastern University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Christian Thought. I’m from Galax, Virginia, which is where I owe my accent and love for sweet tea. Since, I moved to Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I also enjoy good conversation, spending time with friends and family, and learning. I love Jesus more than anything and have a passion for serving others.

I have been blessed with many opportunities to learn and grow in response to a calling to ministry. Two examples are my role as a Campolo Scholar as well as serving on staff at Hopewell United Methodist Church as Coordinator of Young Adult Ministries. I am excited to see what God does in the future at Eastern University and through these opportunities, but I am also ready to celebrate every moment in life with the Joy of the Lord in my heart.

As summer fades and fall begins, I find myself reflecting on the past few months, which have been filled with beautiful and challenging opportunities. With each reflection, I am struck by the way God has stretched me and enabled me to grow.

I have learned how to dig deeper into the Word, rooting my heart and mind in His own. I have learned how to be filled by God and others, and how to use that to pour into the lives of others effectively. I can now testify to the expression, “blessing follows obedience,” which I grasped in a tangible way while serving in Nicaragua. I have witnessed God’s faithfulness and grace in exponential ways that I will carry with me for years to come.

While the summer was truly incredible, it was not without challenges. These challenges molded me into a better disciple. One of the most prominent and yet difficult blessings has been leading so many people of varying ages, backgrounds, and stances: from teaching Bible stories to 400 kids at Hopewell’s Vacation Bible School program to leading and learning from my peers; from leading devotions for middle schoolers at a summer camp to preaching and helping youth through a difficult and exciting time; from discipling four wonderful young women to connecting with individuals with far more wisdom and life experiences than me.

It has been surreal to be able to step into a role I felt called to, regardless of my gender or age, both of which would have prohibited me from doing so at a different point in history. Throughout all of these challenges and opportunities, I am only more eager to use what I have been equipped with this summer. The reality that I can step deeper into a call to ministry as a Campolo Scholar and be trained by such gifted individuals, is a blessing I don’t take for granted.

I am honored to be even a little part of God’s perfect plan and purpose. And I am grateful for how the Campolo Center for Ministry is helping me to become as fruitful as possible… to help change the world in the name of Jesus.




  1. William Baldwin on November 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Your words are encouraging and engaging. God has a special place for young ladies like you. Many blessings as you pursue his purpose and destiny for your life

  2. Lehman on November 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

    What if all the Colleges produced ladies of that magnitude? The world would be a better place to live until out Savior returned.

  3. Sheila Key on November 13, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Very inspiring, Ally! Prayers that you’ll always listen to Jesus and follow His plan for you.

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