Pastor Herbert L. Bartley II was born in Jacksonville, Fl at the Naval Air Base to Herbert L Bartley and Rosebud Jolly on February 17th 1968. He was educated in the Duval School District. He graduated from Englewood High School class of 1987. In July of 1988 he experienced a personal manifestation of the presence of the Love of God that led him to receive The Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord; his testimony is one that precedes his passion to obey His Lord and Savior in fulfilling the Great Commission. After His conversion he sought to experience a deeper more personal relationship with The Lord by praying, fasting, and staying in the Word of God. The Lord Graced him in his personal dedication to prepare him for the ministering of the Gospel. As Pastor Bartley waited to make his calling and election sure he continued to live his life that was becoming of the gospel to the Glory of God. In July 1991 Pastor Bartley ministered his initial message at the St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church In Jacksonville Florida; where that he would serve faithfully until His call in the Pastorate. After being in ministry for 7 years Pastor Bartley was led of the Lord to pioneer an Interdenominational ministry called the River Of Life Fellowship where he would be the founder. After writing the vision of the ministry he began doing the work in which he was called to by God to manifest the Kingdom; On February 1998 the first service of River of Life Fellowship was Held at the DuPont Middle School Auditorium.

If you know better, then you should do better.
—H. Bartley




Pastor Bartley is accountable to an Organization called Covenant Fellowship International where the

Presiding Chief Prelate is the Honorable Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin. Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin is a pastor of pastors and is a Great Apostolic leader in the Body of Christ. After being proven of the call on his life and examined by the Bishop McLaughlin and the Presbyters of Covenant Fellowship International; Pastor Bartley was Ordained as well as Licensed to be a minister in the Lords church through Covenant Fellowship International on February 27th 2001.Pastor Bartley has a lovely wife First Lady Rhonda L. Bartley which also plays a very active role in ministry to fulfill the call of God in their lives. Along with being the first Lady of the ministry she is church administrator, co-owner of the River of Life Child Care Center. Pastor and First Lady Bartley also share in raising 5 wonderful children; he demonstrates the Love of God by being active in building the family and loving them as Christ has loved the church. By the grace of God he has excelled in ministry and become a leader to many. Along with being a Pastor and founder of River of Life Fellowship he is also the founder of two other successful ventures; River of Life school of Excellence and River of Life Resources and Developmental Center.

Pastor Bartley also travels around the country doing the work of the ministry, preaching, and teaching the Word of the Lord; his passion is to see the Kingdom of God revealed, and has been demonstrated by his burden for the lost and the equipping of the Saints of God for the work of the ministry. His consistency and persistence has shown he has a heart after God to fulfill the call of God on his life