Meet Our New Executive Director

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Headley is the Senior Pastor of Zion Community Baptist Church in Springfield, MA. Prior to coming to ACTS, she served for eleven years as the Senior Pastor of Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, CT and 17 years as Deputy Chaplain of the Connecticut State Senate. Dr. Headley has worked many years as a leadership consultant, trainer and coach for community and faith-based organizations and as an adjunct professor of ministry leadership at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and as an adjunct professor in the area of leadership at Bay Path University in Longmeadow. MA. Dr. Headley served seven years as the Assistant Dean and Director of Degree Programs at Hartford Seminary, where she was also an adjunct professor and on the Board of Trustees. While at Hartford Seminary Rev. Headley help organize with Leadership Greater Hartford a city-wide conference addressing the issue of homeless students in the city of Harford.  She was the founder and former President of Faith Community Initiatives Inc., a church based nonprofit organization in the north end of the city of Hartford. She is the recipient of several awards for community service including the Trinity College Master Carpenter Certificate of Merit award for community service and the Hartford Urban League’s Community Service award. In 2006, she received a citation and recognition by the Connecticut General Assembly for her community work.  She was appointed in 2005 by then Governor Jodi Rell to the Citizens Council of the Connecticut State Office of Ethics.

Dr. Headley serves on the Board of Directors of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and is a member of the Greater Springfield Pastors Council.

Dr. Headley has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College, a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a Doctor of Ministry degree with distinction from Hartford Seminary and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Bay Path University.  Dr. Headley is an ordained American Baptist minister.