Faculty Directory


Click here to return the faculty list.

 
Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr.
Dean of the Seminary and Associate Professor of Practical Theology
732-247-5241 x109
washley@nbts.edu
 
  My mission is to help people from all walks of life to realize and celebrate their full potential.


Education:
Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Doctor of Ministry 1992 Major: Leadership Development and Urban Ministry

Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Master of Divinity 1984 Major: Urban Ministry

Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Bachelor of Arts 1981 Major: Communication Theory

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
Associate in Applied Science 1974 Major: Fashion Buying & Merchandising



Experience:
Dr. Ashley served as a pastor for over twenty-five years and currently is the founder and senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Ashley was the host of a weekly religious program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and he is a regular on the radio.

Will has teaching experience at Drew Seminary, New York Theological School and Princeton Seminary. Dr. Ashley was the Director of Pastoral Care for the Council of Churches of the City of New York. Dr. Ashley also ran their Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Program following the events of September 11, 2001. He secured $1.8 million dollars in grants for disaster recovery work Will along with Rabbi Stephen Roberts are the co-editors of the book, Disaster Spiritual Care. Will is a consultant to the Dutch government and Israel on Disaster Recovery. Dr. Ashley in partnership with Roberta Samet, LCSW, received a grant from the New York Community Trust and conducted a two year study on racial disparities in health care.

Dr. Ashley was a staff psychotherapist at the Riverside Church, New York, New York and the Montclair Counseling Center, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Will was as an executive coach on Wall Street. In his capacity as an executive coach, Will worked with Fortune 100 executives and senior level law partners. He is the past president of the Blanton-Peale Alumni Association. Dr. Ashley is a board member of Disaster Chaplaincy Services and the Instituto Latino de Cuidado Pastoral, Inc.

Additional Courses and Certificates:

Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, New York, New York
Graduate Certificates - 2000 Psychotherapy; Marriage and Family Therapy

American Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Atlanta, Georgia
Clinical Hours Under Supervision - 4400 hours

Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
Summer Courses - 1987 Ethics (Peter Paris); Preaching (James Earl Massy)



Academic Experience
Director of Field Education and Associate Professor of Practical Theology, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey, July 2008 - present
University of Amsterdam Medical School, Netherlands: Guest Lecturer, Trauma, 2003
Blanton Peale Pastoral Studies Program, East Orange, New Jersey
Program Director and Professor of Pastoral Psychology, 1999-2001
Drew Seminary, Madison, New Jersey: Adjunct Professor, Pastoral Care (MDiv), 1996-1997
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey: Guest Lecturer, Urban Ministry, 1995
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Guest Lecturer, Urban Ministry, 1995
New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York
Adjunct Professor, Community Organizing (DMin); Foundations for Ministry (MDiv); and Youth Turn (MDiv), 1993-2001
Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Teaching Assistant, Black Church Administration (MDiv), 1990
Work History
Disaster Consulting Services, LLC, New York, New York
Partner, March 2010 - Present

New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Director of Field Education and Associate Professor, July 2008 - Present

Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey
Founder and Senior Pastor, March 1996 - Present

New York Board of Rabbis, New York, New York
Supervisor, Gulf Coast Pastoral Care Specialist, January 2007 - Present

Council of Churches of the City of New York (CCCNY), New York, New York
Director of the Pastoral Care Department, April 2007 - December 2007

Council of Churches, City of New York, Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Project
Project Director, November 2002 - March 2007

Riverside Church Counseling Center, New York, New York
Staff Psychotherapist, January 2000 - January 2007

Harris and Rothenberg, International, New York, New York
Executive Coach, 2000 -2002

Blanton-Peale Counseling Center, New York, New York
Resident, September 1996 - June 2000

Barnert Hospital, Paterson, New Jersey
Director, Pastoral Care Department, 1994 - 1997

Monumental Baptist Church, Jersey City, New Jersey
Senior Pastor, March 1986 - March 1996

Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Director of Recruitment and Assistant Dean of Students, August 1984 - May 1986

New Hope Baptist Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Senior Pastor, 1982 - 1984

J C Penney Co., New York, New York
Assistant Buyer, February 1976 - October 1979


Publications
Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Tragedy Skylight Path Publishing
March 2008 Co-Editor with Rabbi Stephen Roberts

Spiritual Care and Mental Health Manual New York Disaster Interfaith Services
Fall 2007 "The Role of Religious Leaders in Crisis Response: Caring for the Soul"

Leadership NYC Council of Churches of the City of New York
Fall 2007 "The Difference between Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy"

Leadership NYC Council of Churches of the City of New York
Summer 2007 "Compassion Model for Ministry"

Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Project Council of Churches of the City of New York
Winter 2002 "Self-Care and Skill Building for the Clergy: A Unified Approach"

Men of Color Study Bible Nia Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia
Winter 2002 Four Articles: David, Adultery, Forgiveness and Positive Thinking

New York Times Joanne Kadish
Sunday, December 12, 1993 "Church's Mission Is To Make a Difference in Lives"

Washington Post Laurie Goldstein
September 17, 1989 "An Awakening to Toxic Waste"

Lectures and Panels
"When the Saints Go Marching In: Pastoral Responses to Trauma" New Brunswick Theological Seminary
March 26, 2010 New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey

"Healing and Reconciliation" Northeast Region Christian Disciples of Christ
March 20, 2010 La Hermosa Christian Church, New York, New York

"Spirituality at the End of Life" Veterans Administration, Continuing Education
January 13, 2010 New York University School of Social Work, New York, New York

"Through the Fire" 2009 Institute on Psychiatric Services, American Psychiatric Association
October 10, 2009 Sheraton Towers, New York, New York

"Seeking the Welfare of the City" 2009 Convocation, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
March 28, 2009 Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey

"When Crisis Strikes: Communities Working Together" Bergen County Human Relations Commission
December 4, 2008 Paramus, New Jersey

"Disaster Spiritual Care and Counseling" 16th Annual National VOAD Conference
May 5, 2008 Little Rock, Arkansas

"Self - Care for Clergy Following a Disaster" Columbia School of Public Health/Children's Health Fund
February 12, 2008 Lake Charles, Louisiana

"Responses to Natural Disasters" New Baptist Covenant Convention
February 1, 2008 Atlanta Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia

"Revitalizing Your Life and Ministry: Pastoral Counseling" Dr. David Cho Positive Steps Conference
April 30, 2007 Marble Collegiate Church, New York, New York

"Black Men in America: Is There a Crisis?" Flatbush Church of the Redeemer
October 28, 2006 Brooklyn, New York

"Life Lit by a Larger Vision" Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York and American Psychiatric Association
October 5, 2006 Marriott Hotel, New York, New York

"Caring for the Caregiver" CAUSE - NY
June 15, 2005 Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York

"What Can Mental Healthcare Learn from Disasters?" Impact Foundation, Disaster Preparedness Symposium
November 5, 2003 Amsterdam, NL

"Faith Under Fire: The Preacher's Prophetic Paradox" Council of Churches of the City of New York
Spring 2003 New York, New York

"The Power of Forgiveness" Riverside Church
September 29, 2002 New York, New York

"Caring for Our Own Humanity" American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York
Winter 2001 New York, New York

"Physician Heal Thyself" The Ninth Annual Conference of the Second and Third Episcopal District
June 22, 2001 Brooklyn, New York

"The Impact of Change" Union Congregational Church Men's Retreat
October 13 - 16, 2000 Upper Montclair, New Jersey

"Worship and Liturgy for Youth" Auburn Theological Seminary
March 3 - April 28, 1998 New York, New York

"The Couch and the Cloth: A Baptist Perspective" Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, SUNY
December 4, 1997 Brooklyn, New York

"A Drug Called Denial" Baptist Minister's Conference of Newark and Vicinity: Night Conference
September 27, 1997 Newark, New Jersey

"How to Certify Site Supervisors for Supervised Ministry" New York Theological Seminary
May 5, 1997 New York, New York

"In Over Our Heads: How Do Clergy Face the Demands of Life?" Baptist Minister's Conference of Newark
December 2, 1996 Newark, New Jersey

"Witnessing in the Workplace" Congress 85 - Evangelistic Association of New England
January 25-26, 1985 Boston, Massachusetts

Grants
American Red Cross and the September 11th Fund, disaster recovery grants in excess of $1.8 million dollars over five years. Implemented the largest clergy resiliency program in the USA

New York Community Trust, $50,000 over two years to develop a pilot project to test an intervention to addresses racial disparities in urban health care

Accomplishments
Leadership
  • Co-Moderator of the Northeast Region Christian Disciples of Christ which covers five states and 150 congregations

  • Designed, developed and implemented the largest clergy resiliency program in the history of the United States, following September 11, 2001, reaching over 7,000 clergy and caregivers

  • Responsible for the pastoral care of 2,400 members and supervised a volunteer staff of 80

  • Founder and Executive Director, Abundant Joy Community Development Corporation

  • Founder of a working class urban congregation in a neighborhood undergoing transition

  • As a plaintiff and Co-Chair of the Interfaith Community Organization (ICO), won a landmark federal $400 million dollar citizen's lawsuit against Honeywell International to clean up toxic waste in a high traffic-mixed use area of Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Staff Psychotherapist at Riverside Church, NYC, offering Couples and Individual Therapy

  • Created the Department of Pastoral Care for Barnet Hospital, Paterson, New Jersey

  • Supervised the Construction of an interfaith chapel, Barnert Hospital, Paterson, New Jersey

  • Hired as an Executive Coach for Fortune 100 executives and Senior Law Partners

  • Led organizations to develop and implement vision and mission statements


  • Financial Management and Board Memberships
  • Purchased an historic church for $570,000, which appreciated to $3 million in three years

  • Chair, Instituto Latino de Cuidado Pastoral, Inc., New York, New York

  • Vice President, Disaster Chaplaincy Services, New York, New York

  • Board Member, Christ Hospital, Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Board Member, All Healers Mental Health Alliance

  • Former Board Member, Visiting Homemakers of Hudson County, New Jersey

  • Former Board of Regents Member, St. Peter's College, Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Managed a church staff of 20 full-time direct reports and 80 part-time volunteers

  • Led Trustees to develop and raise funds to support strategic initiatives

  • Prepared annual one hundred million dollar budgets for a sub-division of J C Penney

  • Prepared annual budgets for not for profits and requested federal and state earmarks

  • Wrote successful proposals and led annual stewardship drives for 26 years as a pastor


  • Community and Media Relations
  • Testified before congressional subcommittees on drugs and environmental issues

  • Produced and hosted a television program which aired each week on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and hosted religious radio programs for six years on both AM and FM

  • Frequently interviewed by local and national media including NBC, ABC, CBS, NBC Dateline, UPN Nine, British Broadcasting Company (BBC), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Bergen Record, The Jersey Journal, and The New Jersey Monthly Guest Host on WABC Radio, 770 AM Religion on the Line and a Guest on CUNY Cable Program: Faith to Faith


  • International Experience
  • Panelist on Trauma Response on a Web Conference between Jerusalem and the USA (2007)

  • Instructed the Dutch Parliament and governmental appointees how to maximize the efforts of mental health professionals and the clergy in the aftermath of the El Al disaster (2003)

  • Invited to meet with the President of South Korea to develop a strategy to improve the relationships between South Koreans and African Americans (1992)

  • Consulted with Nelson Mandela and senior members of the African National Congress (ANC) immediately following Mr. Mandela's release from prison to strategize plans for South Africa post Apartheid (1992)

  • Consulted with the Vice President of Liberia (1989) to discuss Liberia's tribal fighting

  • International ministry includes mission visits to: Amsterdam, South Africa, Liberia, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt, Israel, and South Korea. Led educational tours to Egypt and Israel



  • Honors and Awards
    Who's Who in the World, 2001 - 2010
    Who's Who in America, 1998 - 2010
    Who's Who in Health Care and Medicine, 2004 - 2005
    Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York, Achievement Award, 2006
    Matthew Turner Award for Environmental Justice, NAACP, Jersey City Branch, 2005
    Drum Major for Change, St. Peter's College, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1995
    Cluster II, Concerned Citizen Award, Jersey City School System, 1992
    Distinguished Service Award, Center for Child Abuse Prevention, 1992
    State of New Jersey, General Assembly Citation, 1991
    Black United Fund of New Jersey, Outstanding Fundraising Achievement, 1991
    National Conference of Christians and Jews, Humanitarian Award, 1990
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Appreciation Award, 1990
    National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Citation Award, 1989
    Operation PUSH, Jersey City Branch, Community Service Award, 1988
    Certificate of Recognition, Koinonia Award for Excellence in Preaching, 1984
    Montclair State University Alumni Award for Outstanding Service, 1981
    New York Sales Executive Club Award, 1971
    Distributive Education Club of America Award, 1971



     


    New Brunswick, NJ campus * 35 Seminary Place * New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Queens, NY campus * 8000 Utopia Parkway * Queens, NY 11439
    Site Map   Contact Us   Accreditation   Privacy Policy   Employment   Trustees