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.


The Road to suicide

“What about suicidality?” the Doctor said. “Have you ever been suicidal.” In mental health care this becomes a familiar question. The Doctor’s next words shook me. His words rattled around my head like marbles in a tin can.  “With your diagnosis you will feel that way at least a couple more times in your lifetime.” It was …

Art Therapy

My life is basically one continual art therapy session. When I am agitated or  crabby my husband will often say “You need to make something”, knowing that creating helps me get to a better emotional space.  Art therapy at the psych hospital was an interesting diversion from the regular group talk therapy even though the …


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.