The Reverend Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr., MDiv., DMin., SCP, NCPsyA

Willard Walden Christopher Ashley

Title: Psychoanalyst, Senior Pastor
Company: Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr. LLC
Location: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States

The Reverend Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr., MDiv., DMin., SCP, NCPsyA, Psychoanalyst at Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr. LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religion and psychoanalysis.

With a desire to fight for the marginalized and voiceless, Rev. Ashley is a renowned religious figure and psychoanalyst, specializing in therapeutic services. Since 2018, he has worked out of his eponymously named marriage and family therapy focused private practice, along with work as a trainer for the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond and as commissioner of the Bergen County Human Relations Commission. Over the course of his career, between 2008 and 2020, Rev. Ashely served the New Brunswick Theological Seminary as vice president of community relations, director of the Center for Clergy Care, dean, tenured associate professor and director of field education. Recently, he was interim pastor of Union Baptist Church in Montclair from 2010 to 2012 and chief operating officer of Norwood Securities from 2001 to 2004.

In 1996, Rev. Ashely founded the Abundant Joy Baptist Church in Jersey City, having also served as executive director and chairman of the Abundant Joy Community Development Corporation. In the earlier years of his career, he was a seminarian at the First Baptist Church in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After serving as assistant dean of students and director of recruitment at the Andover Newton Theological School until 1986, he was a pastor at Monumental Baptist Church in Jersey City for 10 years until 1996. Notably, Rev. Ashley was the recipient of the Matthew Turner Award for Environmental Justice from the Jersey City Branch of the NAACP in 2004. He also received the H. Otherman Smith Preaching Award in 1984, as well as a Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Presently, Rev. Ashley maintains affiliation with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Clinical Pastoral Education, Ministers Council of the American Baptist Church, North New Jersey Missionary Baptist Association and American Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care Leadership Team. Additionally, he is a member of the American Group Psychotherapists Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York, Anti-Racism Alliance of Greater New York and National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He was also president of the Blanton Peale Alumni Association from 2002 to 2004 and co-chair and a board member of the Institute of Catino Pastoral Counseling in 2008. Likewise, he has sat on numerous boards throughout his illustrious career, including as board vice-chair of the Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School in 2017 and 2018.

Rev. Ashley received an Associate of Applied Science in fashion buying and marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1974 before obtaining a Bachelor of Art from Montclair State College in 1981. Notably, he was ordained to ministry by the American Baptist Church in 1982. Matriculating at the Andover Newton Theological School, he achieved a Master of Divinity in 1984, as well as a Doctor of Ministry in leadership development in 1992. To complement his work in psychotherapy, Rev. Ashley received certificates in marriage and family therapy and in psychoanalysis from the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute in 2000. In addition, he became a certified psychoanalyst in New Jersey in 2018 and then nationally in 2019. To attest to his legacy, Rev. Ashley can also be found in editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.

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