Courtney Ellis

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer.
Spiritual formation-ist, discipleship trainer, storyteller, story teacher, pastor, disciple.
What’s your favorite Scripture?
John 10:10 – Jesus says, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”
Where’s your favorite place in California?
Crystal Cove tide pools and the running trails in Ladera.
Where’s your favorite place NOT in California?
Lake Superior in the summer.
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do?
Learn to bake gluten free croissants.
What makes you laugh the most?
My kids. They find joy in the smallest things, and the most unexpected things make them laugh. When they laugh, I can’t help but laugh too.
What are your top three favorite movies?
Miracle (no, it isn’t a Christian film – it’s the story of the 1980 Olympic victory by the U.S. men’s team!); Ocean’s Eleven; Little Women.
What’s something surprising about you?
I won two ice hockey state championships in high school.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Matching holiday pajamas.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Paul Kariya, former left wing for the Anaheim Ducks. Though I’d probably be too star-struck to talk, much less eat.
What year did you start working here?
Rev. Courtney Ellis is Co-Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Mission, and pastoral liaison to the Adult Education, Preschool, Children’s Ministries, and Alternative Worship Committees. She grew up in northern Wisconsin where she and her two sisters swam in the lake all summer and played ice hockey all winter. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois (B.A. in Communication, 2005) and Loyola University of Chicago (M.A. in English literature, 2006), before entering the ministry, Courtney served as an Adjunct in Communications and English at Wheaton College.
Courtney attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her M.Div. in 2010. Prior to her start at PCOM, Courtney served as the solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Wisconsin.
She and her husband, Daryl, have three children and live in Mission Viejo. She watches WAY too much “Survivor” and never met a Sour Patch Kid she didn’t like. Her book, Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul, comes out from Rose/Hendrickson publishing in early 2019.