Minister

Rev. Kristen Ashley
Senior Minister
RevKris@CelebrationCenter.org
703-560-2030
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As the youngest minister in our organization, Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Kris is a rEVOLutionary possibilitarian, social artist, spiritual badass, global transformationist and truth-teller. She loves to explore the lines between the mystical and the mundane, the sacred and the profane. She has an inherent gift of holding paradoxes and seeing life from many angles. She is committed to always telling the truth in love and is willing to have the challenging conversations that are necessary for individual and collective growth. She believes that all people deserve freedom, love, respect, equality, safety, and happiness, and she strives to live by these values in all that she does.

Rev. Kris has been a spiritual seeker her whole life. She grew up a fundamental Christian, and was often “that child” in Sunday School asking questions like “How can heaven be perfect if not all my friends go there?” For as long as she can remember she has had unexplainable mystical experiences that supported her in never losing her Faith, even as her beliefs shifted. She discovered New Thought at the age of 19, through late night conversations with friends and a thirst for knowledge that took her deeply into esoteric research. This study eventually led her to Unity of Houston, where she was surprised to find a community of individuals who believed the same way she did, despite most of her beliefs being a (what she thought was made-up) amalgamation of her research. She would ask her spiritual teacher, Rev. Michael Gott, “Teach me to pray like you do”. Little did she know that he was actually praying Spiritual Mind Treatments, the style of affirmative prayer used in Science of Mind.

In 2012, Rev. Kris moved home to Asheville, NC and began attending Center for Spiritual Living Asheville because Rev. Michael told her that Rev. Drs John and Barbara Waterhouse would teach her to pray like he did. She was hooked from the first Sunday. She began attending all of the classes, services, and meetings that she could. She fell in love with the teachings of Ernest Holmes and knew that this place was home. She joined the leadership team for the NextGEN Retreat in 2015 and it was at that retreat that she knew she wanted to be a minister. This became her single-minded focus from then on. Rev. Kris licensed as a Science of Mind Practitioner through CSL Asheville in 2017 and moved to Napa, CA to pursue ministerial school in 2018. She completed the 2 year ministerial program and graduated in 2020. She licensed as a CSL Minister, moved to Northern Virginia, and accepted the pulpit at Celebration Center for Spiritual Living within a week in January 2021.

In addition to her role as the Senior Minister at CCSL, Rev. Kris is the Co-Lead of the NextGEN Retreat, a retreat and movement focused on spiritual adults ages 18-35ish. This international retreat educates participants about social engagement and creating healthy relationships; it also teaches leadership skills and emboldens participants to generate a sustainable future of prosperity, service, and love for all. She has been on the leadership team since the retreat’s inception in 2015 and has been the Co-Lead of the Leadership Team since 2018.

Rev. Kris is also on the Board of Directors for the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation. This organization is committed to preserving, protecting, and presenting the Science of Mind philosophy and history. Through her work with the Archives as well as NextGEN, Kris feels that she is perfectly positioned in our movement between the ideas of “Timeless Wisdom, Evolutionary Vision” the Global theme for CSL in 2021. She is committed to honoring the shoulders of the giants upon which we stand while also standing on the cutting edge of what is possible, remaining open at the top and grounded in the vision of creating a world that works for all.