Looking for a speaker for your next event?

Hit me up with your details!

A dynamic presentation of a deeply profound message can be life changing. The same presentation with a good dose of humor? Even better!

Because my primary ministry is to the congregation I pastor, and I accept outside speaking engagements only when they don’t conflict with ministry at my church. That said, I love to speak at retreats, women’s groups (including MOPS), college ministries, leadership events, churches, and team events, when my schedule permits.

I also love doing virtual events, and am happy to partner with you to dream up a creative presentation to encourage you and your people digitally if gathering in large groups isn’t wise in your area at this time.

Topics include:

  • Present: The gift of being all in, right where you are
  • Happy Now: Lift your load with the power of playfulness
  • Uncluttered: Less stuff, less stress, more soul
  • Almost holy: Life-giving spiritual practices for weary people
  • Risking friendship
  • Joy comes in the morning, and morning comes WAY too soon: Humor for moms

In addition to my books, my publications include Christianity TodayFathom Mag, MOPS Internationaland (in)courage. I’m a regular contributor to The Glorious Table and I’ve been featured on Two Peas in a Podcast; Food and Faith; More Than This; Melissa Radke’s Ordinary People, Ordinary Things; Woven; CXMH: Christianity and Mental Health; and The Ride Home with John and Kathy.

What People Are Saying…

Courtney Ellis Pastoring photo“You were by far my favorite speaker of the whole year!” –MOPS Coordinator, Laguna Beach

“We had an AMAZING response to the interview with Courtney this morning…[our] phone bank lit up!” –Dee Marie, Moody Radio Northwest

“We had such a positive response from your presentation!” –Events Coordinator, East Whittier Presbyterian Church

“You had such energy, humor, and thoughtful ideas. One of the best retreats ever!” — Retreat Coordinator, First Presbyterian Church, Fullerton

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“Your talk was so encouraging and I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from your visit. Thank you again.”   –Speaker Coordinator, Rose Drive Friends Church, Yorba Linda

“We are all so excited that you will be doing our retreat!” — Retreat Coordinator, Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church

“Thank you for all your good ideas!” –Women’s Ministry Director, Mission Viejo

Recent & Upcoming Events:

*Available to speak via Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Live, etc. as well as in person*


May 7 – La Canada Presbyterian Church – guest preacher

March 18 – Presbyterian Church of the Master – Women’s Retreat

March 14 – Sunridge Community Church, Temecula – MOPS

March 1 – Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church – MOPS


June – Trabuco Presbyterian Church – Guest preacher

May – Southeastern UMC Women’s Clergy Gathering

March – Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church – Women’s Retreat

February – MOPS – Presbyterian Church of the Master


February  – First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta – Parenting Seminar Series

July – The Stories Between Us Podcast, Woven Podcast

September 16 – Learning Lab Event – Sustainability in Ministry

September 18 – Southminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, Ohio – Women’s Retreat

September 23 – Moms Together, Cypress, California

October 12 – Calvary Community Church, West Lake Village, California

Courtney Ellis Barnes and Noble pic


“The Partnership of the Gospel” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA (livestream)

“The Way, the Truth, the Life” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA

“While We Were Enemies” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA

“A Story of the Heart” – Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA

“Be Still, Together” – First Presbyterian Church, Fullerton CA (audio only)

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