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, Big Bear’s mountains, and the cycling classes at the Mission Viejo YMCA.
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 (the one with Winona Ryder!).
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 an Associate Pastor and pastoral liaison to the Communications team, Preschool, Children’s Ministries, The Bridge, the College & Young Adults ministry, and the Awake Committee. 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 books, Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul, and Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents came out with Rose Publishing in 2019.