Photo by Barb Belcher

Author. Speaker. Pastor. Encourager, inspiration-giver, laugh-bringer. Displaced Wisconsinite soaking up the sun in southern California.

I’m the author of two books: Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul, which premiered at #1 in its category on Amazon and sold out the first printing in a month, and Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents, which also premiered at #1. (I know, right? Pinch me!)

BOOKS by COURTNEYEncouraging a wide range of crowds is my jam, from speaking at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) gatherings and to radio stations coast-to-coast, bringing the word at spiritual retreats and high school getaways, or guiding leadership retreats for college students, church elders, and retirees, too. If you want to laugh, be refreshed, and find new inspiration, I’m your girl! (And do I do virtual events? Yes, and they’re awesome!)

My husband Daryl and I serve as co-pastors at a Presbyterian church in southern California, where we revel in joining Jesus at work.

Thanks for stopping by!


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“Courtney Ellis offers a rare, timely combination of sound theology, personal transparency, accessible style, and sharp wit. The world needs more writers like Courtney, and readers need more books by her.”  –Karen Swallow Prior, author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books 

“Almost Holy Mama is what tired mamas like me have been looking for: how we find God in the lives we inhabit (not the ones we used to have or might have ten years from now). I can t wait to share this book.”  —Elizabeth Hagan, author of Birthed: Finding Grace through Infertility