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.


Fresh Air

Squished into an airplane with my outer thigh pressed up against a stranger next to me is so invasive. Sometimes, in an attempt to avoid touching the person next to me I’ve nearly folded my shoulder bones together, which, side bonus, does make my cleavage look very impressive. This is the awkward little airplane dance …

Today I live

Growing up, my mother’s birthday was designated as the day we decorated our Christmas tree every year. It is one of many family traditions I choose to leave behind because it no longer brings me joy. My mother’s birthday, December 9th,  now stands as a memoriam to all the days we’ve missed together and of …


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.