Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. is a retired professor of theology. July 2012 Ashley was granted tenure and appointed by President Gregg Mast as the first African American Dean of the Seminary in the 228-year history of New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). Ashley is the CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Montclair, New Jersey. Under this umbrella, Dr. Ashley conducts webinars, consults, counseling, and coaching. Willard Ashley is a vocational coach with the Center for Career Development and Ministry. He is also the President of Unity with Diversity, a charitable think tank on diversity, race, and racial inequalities. He is a founding partner of Mission Unbounded, a consulting company that matches assets with the mission.
Ashley is the founder and senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey. Reverend Ashley has served for 38 years as the pastor at various congregations. He is on the board of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School, Vice Chair, Bergen County Human Relations Commission, New Jersey State Certified, and a Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst. Rules for 21st Century Radicals is Ashley's fourth book. Dr. Ashley has taught multiple graduate and certificate courses. Willard Ashley is the co-chair of the Anti-Racism Coalition of Faith, Ethical and Spiritual Communities, under the umbrella of the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Ashley gained national attention as a leader in the Interfaith Community Organization (ICO) which grew into Jersey City Together.
Willard Ashley had an impressive media presence: hosting a weekly program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and a regular on New York City radio. Ashley was also the staff psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City. Dr. Ashley works with senior-level executives to undo racism within their organization. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Willard Ashley designed and implemented the "Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Project, A Ministry of the Council of Churches of the City of New York. Memberships include the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Find Ashley listed in Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He is a lifelong NY Yankees fan. Willard Ashley is the proud father of one adult son, Chris. He is married to Tanya Pagan Raggio, MD, MPH, FAAP. Tanya is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine. Together they have Serafina an 11-pound Shih Tzu who runs the house.