Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. is the President/CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Montclair, New Jersey. Under this umbrella, Ashley conducts webinars, consultation, counseling, and coaching. Dr. Ashley is a trustee and faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for the Training in Psychoanalysis. He is also a trustee of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. Ashley is a vocational coach with the Center for Career Development & Ministry. He is the President/CEO 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 senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey. Reverend Ashley has served as pastor for 39 years at various congregations. He is Vice Chair, Bergen County Human Relations Commission, New Jersey State Certified, and Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst. Dr. Ashley has taught graduate and certificate courses. Willard is a leader in Jersey City Together formerly ICO.
Ashley was the second African American to be granted tenure and the first African American Dean of the Seminary New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). NBTS granted him the status, Retired Professor of Pastoral Theology. Ashley hosted a weekly program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and was a regular on New York City radio. Ashley was a psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City. 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; Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society; & American Group Psychotherapy Association. Ashley is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.