Captain William J. Bartz, the son of Father and Mrs. George Bartz, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and raised in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion, he received a Masters of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1978.
Chaplain Bartz was commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Chaplain Corps Theological Student Program in May 1977 and ordained a Greek Orthodox priest in March 1982.
His active duty service began in 1984. He served at three Navy commands: Naval Station Norfolk, USS Biddle CG 34, and USS Carl Vinson CVN 70. His assignments also included eight Marine Corps commands, beginning in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and continued in Okinawa, Japan; Quantico, Virginia; and Norfolk, Virginia. He served as a Battalion Chaplain, Regimental Chaplain, Group Chaplain, Base Chaplain, Division Chaplain, and Force Chaplain. He was pastor at the Orthodox Chapel at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in Okinawa, Japan, and in Fort Story, Virginia.
Chaplain Bartz completed a post-graduate program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He graduated from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, receiving a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.
In June 2003, he received the ecclesiastical title of Protopresbyter. In September 2011, Captain Bartz retired from the Navy.
Captain Bartz was awarded two Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and various unit awards. The Navy Chaplain Corps selected him to be the 2010 recipient of the John H. Craven Award, a peer-nominated and peer-selected Award by Navy Captain Chaplains, recognizing his exemplary servant-leadership among Chaplains.
Upon his retirement from the Navy, Father Bartz was appointed as the Chancellor for the Metropolis of Detroit.
In September 2013, he was assigned as the Presiding Priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, Indiana (Indianapolis area).
Father Bartz is married to the former Emily V. Mamalis, daughter of Father and Mrs. James Mamalis, of Mobile, Alabama. They have three children, Joanna (Evan) Nicolaides, Maria, and George and three grandchildren, Emilia, John, and Magdalena Nicolaides.