Timothy R. Ashley, Ph.D.
Timothy R. Ashley
Central Wisconsin Site Coordinator and Adjunct Professor
Very soon Dr. Timothy Ashley will have spent 30 years in theological education, both as a teacher of biblical studies and as an administrator. He was the founding Director of CBTS‐Wisconsin (the Milwaukee Centre) in 2005, and still serves in that position. He came to the position with experience, not only in theological education, but in staging church ministry. He has over 15 years of pastoral experience in staging American Baptist congregations. He is also married to a theological educator, Reverend Maxine Ashley, who also currently serves CBTS in Wisconsin, and has been a teacher and administrator for over 25 years.
He was born into an American Baptist minister’s family, the only son among five children. He grew up in a variety of places from Illinois to Wyoming, always within a family context of Christian nurture and ministry. Early in life he developed an interest in both teaching and ministry.
His undergraduate education was at what was then called Sioux Falls College (now the University of Sioux Falls), an American Baptist related institution in South Dakota. He completed a Master of Arts (Honours) at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Covina, California, where his major work was in Hebrew and Old Testament. His PhD is in Hebrew and Old Testament from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
After coming home from Scotland, Timm taught for a year at what was then called North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (now Sioux Falls Seminary). He was then called to the First Baptist Church of the Northern Hills in Lead‐Deadwood, South Dakota as minister, and from there he and Maxine moved to Aurora, Colorado (in metropolitan Denver) where Timm was the minister of Aurora Community Baptist Church and Maxine worked for the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains.
In 1982, they were called to be a part of the Faculty of Theology of Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, which is also known as Acadia Divinity College. Here Timm taught Hebrew, Aramaic, a little Greek, Old Testament and Biblical Preaching. Maxine was Dean of Students, taught Christian Education, and was Dean of the Seminary Chapel. For over a decade Timm was also an administrator serving in several capacities, including Associate Dean and Acting Principal of the Divinity College. Timm was active in the affairs of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, serving on the Board of Ministerial Standards and Education for many years.
In 2003 Timm was called to be the minister of First Baptist Church of La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 2005 he responded to the expressed need for theological education in the Milwaukee‐Madison area of Wisconsin, and became the founding Director of the CBTS Milwaukee Centre (now CBTS‐Wisconsin). In addition to his role as Director Timm teaches Hebrew Bible and Exegesis and Hermeneutics courses. His dual role as staging church minister and theological educator has given him a passion for integrating the life of thoughtful biblical and theological reflection with pastoral work. He says of his dual role in pastoral work and theological education, “We’re having more fun now than at any time in our lives, and wouldn’t trade this for anything!”