Ashton is the daughter of Pastor Rod and Joni Parsley. She was quite literally born and raised at World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, where her parents have pastored for nearly 40 years. Ashton developed a passion and a gift for writing at a very young age, penning stories and poems and even having some of her work published as early as the seventh grade. Ashton continued to perfect her talent for writing throughout high school, and was accepted into Miami University's Creative Writing program her senior year. Even while away at college, Ashton stayed connected to World Harvest and during that time, God stirred up the desire of her heart to write within new avenues, including music and television. Ashton began writing for Harvest Music Live and Breakthrough Television in 2011, when she returned to Columbus after her undergraduate studies and began working for Valor Christian College and World Harvest Church.
Ashton felt a unique calling on her life to accelerate her father's vision for the up-and-coming generation and believed a new, original sound was key. But, she also knew that music was just one platform. Ashton saw in her spirit that the other platform was a television program. Ashton’s dream was to produce and host a magazine-style talk show that was relevant to her college-and-career age group. Ashton visualized programming that would be funny, smart, and relatable, while maintaining strong tones of spirituality: “I wanted to create a show that I, as a Christian young person, would want to watch. I believe God divinely inspired me and my team to innovate something that is entertaining and culturally connected, as well as Biblically sound. That’s what Seriously?! is – it’s social commentary with a Christian perspective.”
Ashton Parsley earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in English: Creative Writing in May of 2011. She continued her education and graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s Degree in Human Services: Christian Ministry in May of 2013. Ashton serves in many different capacities at Valor Christian College and the varied ministries of World Harvest Church. At Valor, Ashton serves as the Director of Student Life and Ministry Affairs. She is also Executive Liaison for the World Harvest Church Executive Offices, a member of the Service Planning Team and the Creative/Marketing Team, as well as a Copy Writer and Editor for Breakthrough Television. Ashton also co-hosts two TV programs with Pastor Rod Parsley – 120 LIVE and Breakthrough – seen on major Christian television networks around the world. In addition, Ashton is the host of iHarv.tv and her very own weekly program on The Word Network, Seriously?! with Ashton Parsley (Saturdays at 8:30pm ET).