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Jill Riley is a compassionate, creative, and mildly irreverent storyteller. She invites you into her messy world of mental illness and faith, paving the way with humor and naked truth.

Join her on a journey of discovering identity in the midst of the unexpected.

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Season of Stillness

I was raised in a religious environment that led me to believe if I wasn’t striving in my faith I was moving backwards. Stillness meant spiritual death. Not “working out my faith” meant was condemning it the fiery depths. Every time, I “stalled out”, I begged for forgiveness from a God who I thought measured …

Sax Gratitude

I wanted to play the saxophone. I imagined myself a hip, cool, wild and free saxophonist, muppet Zoot and Janice style. Sadly, I was a disgruntled pianist who, in addition to playing sax, wanted to be a brave, soaring solo vocalist. I tried. I remember singing in a trio in high school but when I went …

About

Jill Riley, M. Ed.

Jill Riley, an adopted Korean American, was raised in North Idaho during the height of the white supremacy movement of the 1980’s.  She met her husband, a Montana native, while in college in Seattle, WA.  After completing her education she and her husband moved to Billings, Montana to raise their family.

Her love of telling stories, blended with humor and passion for people allows us unique insight into the life of a survivor of abuse, serial abandonment and neglect.  Jill’s faith has overcome an authoritative, over religious home to become strong and resilient and more grace filled than she ever could have imagined.

Jill’s work has included more than twenty years as a minister, serving as both pastor and consultant in many different denominations. Her entrepreneurial spirit and pastors heart led her to start 3 churches in Washington and Montana. She is also a business consultant specializing in strategic planning and organizational development.

Jill Riley is an excellent communicator both in person and in print.  A popular speaker/teacher she shares stories that speak with honesty and raw vulnerability on the topics of faith, mental illness, parenting and life as a broken women in need of grace.