Willard W C Ashley, Sr.

Public Speaker, Life Coach, and Therapist in New York

Willard W C Ashley, Sr.

Public Speaker, Life Coach, and Therapist in New York

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Warm greetings! I am the Reverend Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. Currently my roles include: state certified Psychoanalyst; Vice President of Community Relations, Director of the Center for Clergy Care & Associate Professor of Practical Theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary; Vice Chair of the Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School and the former Chair of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross.

My faith based work history is: founder and senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey; former Interim Minister of the Union Baptist Church, Montclair, New Jersey; chair of The Instituto Latino de Cuidado Pastoral, Inc.; director of the Blanton Peale Pastoral Studies Program in East Orange, New Jersey; director of pastoral care at Barnert Hospital Paterson, New Jersey, where I set up a clinical pastoral education program for clergy; and also set up the clinical pastoral education program at the Hackensack University Hospital, Hackensack, New Jersey.

I am a native of New York City and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Theory at Montclair State University. Blessed to hold a master’s degree in theology and an earned doctorate in leadership development from the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Hold an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Natchez College, Natchez, Mississippi. Also completed the residency program in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Pastoral Psychotherapy at the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, New York City. Lectured at Princeton and The University of Pennsylvania. He taught at, Drew University, Andover Newton Theological School, and The New York Theological Seminary.

Published a book with Rabbi Stephen Roberts, entitled, Disaster Spiritual Care, 2nd Edition. Also published articles on disaster recovery, leadership, trauma along with being the editor of Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith.

Won over $1 billion dollars in citizens federal lawsuits to clean up toxic waste. Love to play basketball, keep fit and cheer on my beloved New York Yankees.

  • Work
    • New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • Education
    • Montclair State University
    • Fashion Institute of Technology
    • Andover Newton Theological School