Pastor Larry Ashley was the youngest of fifteen children born to the proud parents of Nathan and Eliza Ashley in Columbia Mississippi. At the tender age of six, Pastor Ashley’s father died leaving behind a legacy of faith in Jesus Christ that led him to Jesus at the age of seven. The abiding faith that his parents demonstrated before him would be the tool he needed that would assist him for the remainder of his life.
Pastor Larry and his mother Eliza moved to Alameda California in 1957 to unite with other members of their family. He attended school in the city of Alameda for one year before moving to Oakland. In Oakland, Pastor Ashley continued his education and graduated from Oakland High School in 1963. It was during this period of his life that he felt the call of God on his life to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Upon his graduation, Pastor Ashley attended Biola University in La Mirada California for two years.
In 1965 he was drafted into the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in 1967. Shortly after his discharge he enrolled into California State University in Hayward. At thirty five Pastor Ashley responded to the call of God on his life and began to prepare himself for the service of God. He enrolled in Bay Cities Bible Institute and Patten University majoring in Pastoral Studies.
In 1990, he was elected to be the senior pastor of Cosmopolitan Baptist Church in Oakland, where he is currently serving with joy and humility for the passed twenty-three years. One of Pastor Ashley greatest joy is witnessing the growth of CBC and have several of the young people who were children when he came to CBC now serving the Lord as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has blessed him to have serval ministers that are now or has been pastoring churches in Oakland.
Pastor Ashley has been married to Gloria Ashley for forty years and the father of three wonderful children, Jevon Ashley (Lynecia), Montrella Ashley-Wilson (Allen), and Jermaine Ashley (Lakisha). He and his wife are the proud, proud grandparents of nine grandchildren, Imani, Sarai, Londyn, Allen Jr., Brooklyn, Jermaine Jr., Kechaun and Dallys, Maliyah and five god-children. Pastor Ashley is a living legacy for all who follow in his steps. To God be the Glory for all He has done.
“Teach me Your way, O Lord…” Ps.27:11a