The Reverend Dr. Christine Y. Wiley serves with her husband, Dr. Dennis W. Wiley, at the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. Covenant was the first black Baptist congregation in the Washington metropolitan area to call a husband and wife team to serve together as pastors sharing equal authority and responsibility. The call was extended on February 22, 2004 and became effective on April 18 of the same year. The Wileys, who have been married for twenty-seven years, served together as pastor and assistant pastor for nineteen of those years at Covenant.
Dr. Wiley has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-eight years and has a heart for helping people to become all God would have them to be. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has been able to use her mental health background in various creative ministry initiatives and pastoral care modalities. She developed a clergy candidate evaluation process at Covenant, which includes Pastoral Assessment in readiness for Ministry, Spiritual Formation Appraisal, and Psychological Testing. She formerly served with the Washington Diocese of the Episcopal Church in the clergy assessment process. As a pastor actively involved in the struggle for justice for all people in the Washington, DC community and beyond, regardless of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation, she serves as Vice-President of the Mayor’s Religious Affairs Committee, as a member of the Mayor’s HIV/AIDS Commission, and on the Board of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. She is also a member of both the Executive Committee and the Strategy Leadership Team of the Washington Interfaith Network, and is a recent Co-Chair of DC Clergy United for Marriage Equality.
Dr. Wiley received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy in 1994 from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. She has been able to bring pastoral care and counseling together with her background in Psychiatric Nursing to benefit the Body of Christ. She has served as Coordinator of Field Education and Instructor in Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. More recently, she served as Director of Field Education and Instructor in Pastoral Theology at the Howard University School of Divinity of the same city. Dr. Wiley obtained the Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Science degrees from Howard University, and a Diploma in Nursing from the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Work from the Howard University School of Social Work.
Publications by Dr. Wiley include “A Ministry of Empowerment: A Holistic Model for Pastoral Counseling in the African American Community” in The Journal of Pastoral Care; “A Womanist Journey” in The Journal of Feminist Thought; and a chapter she co-authored entitled, “Psychotherapy with Members of African American Churches and Spiritual Tradition” in Handbook of Psychotherapy and ReligiousTraditions. She also has a sermon published in Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection, edited by Ella P. Mitchell.
Dr. Wiley was licensed to the gospel ministry in 1983 and ordained in 1986. She has a passion for loving and serving Jesus with everything that is in her. As one who once was “lost, but now is found,” she has dedicated her life to be continually transformed so that she might be used to help others avail themselves of the transforming power of God.
In addition to her husband, the loves of her life include her children, Aiyana, Samira, and Joshua, and her grandchildren, Asante, Akaiya, Akina, and Addae.