The Redeemed Girl Story: A Passion for Jesus and the Gospel.
Marian here. I wanted to take a moment to share the Redeemed Girl story. Since this is a question I get asked ALL THE TIME, it dawned on me that many of you who follow us don’t know our history.
I founded Redeemed Girl Ministries over a decade ago with one passion burning in my heart… I longed for women across the globe to know Jesus is better! I wanted women to experience the same grace that had rocked my world and set me free.
Let me back up for a hot second… my life before Jesus was nothing short of a train wreck. I was on a tailspin of bad choices fueled by alcohol and desperation. Today I call myself a “redeemed girl” because that is precisely who I am. Before Jesus, I was running to men, substances, money, parties … basically, anything the world said would bring me happiness, but all I found was a prison of emptiness, regret, and shame.
Thankfully, at age 25, I was in a bar (yes, you read that right) and prayed, “God help me.”
That simple prayer began my love affair with Jesus, one that has transformed my entire life. How can you not fall head over heels for the One who dies for you to set you free? The word redeem means to “buy something back and to restore it to its original intent.” This restoration is Jesus’ specialty. He takes the shattered, bruised, crushed and defeated… and transforms the broken into something beautiful.
After I became a Christian, I spent the next few years devouring God’s word (which I still do to this day). What this did was help me to see the world and my life through God’s eyes. The Bible totally transformed my thoughts, my emotions, and my destiny, (which is why I am so passionate for women to experience solid Biblical teaching and why we provide it for FREE on our website and app.) I was also blessed to be discipled by some godly women who poured truth into me and taught me how to live for Jesus. I was also rooted in my local church where I first heard the call to ministry and invited to teach God’s word.
It was through a series of events in my early thirties that led me to launch Redeemed Girl. I sensed the Lord breaking my heart for women who were still experiencing the same hurt, shame, pain, and brokenness that I once knew. I wanted to reach the women who would typically never set foot in the church, but who desperately needed to know that God loved them and He could make something beautiful out of their mess.
I felt God calling me to write my story, which became my first book, Sex and the City Uncovered. After it was released, I spent much of the next decade traveling the country, speaking to college women at our Girls’ Night Out events, and sharing the Gospel. Since 2007, over 11,000 women have said “yes” to Jesus at one of our events. (There is no greater joy in the whole world than seeing a woman experience God’s grace.)
During that season, I was a single girl living on mission for Jesus and leading others to my Redeemer. I wrote a few more books, traveled the world as an evangelist, and kept up a full Bible teaching ministry in Houston. In that time, we launched the RGM App (filled with hundreds of free Bible studies and devotional tools), and we began hosting Redeemed Girl Institute, our summer discipleship retreat in Florida.
In 2012 I married the love of my life, best friend, and ministry partner, Justin Ellis. God writes the best stories. Just when I had given up and believed that I’d be single forever, the Lord brought this amazing man into my life and united our stories to better tell His story! I’m still amazed every day how God perfectly matched our gifts to serve Him. We are absolutely better together.
Today, I lead Redeemed Girl from our home in the Texas Hill Country, where I live with my husband, our three kiddos (Andrew, Brenden, and Sydney) and a dog that seriously needs a muzzle. So much has changed in the decade since I launched this ministry. I now travel and speak to women of all ages and life stages, I still love Jesus and His Word with every fiber of my being, and I’ve written six more books (each telling a different aspect of the redemption story.) I serve locally at a city-wide Bible study in San Antonio called Tue.Gather. But the one thing that has not changed is my PASSION for women to experience real life in Jesus.
Friends, I will go to my grave declaring, “Jesus is Better!”
Redeemed Girl Ministries is blessed by an incredible team of women who love Jesus and long to see other women experience redemption. As our staff seeks the Lord for the next steps and direction for this ministry, I want you to know we are here to serve you. We were actively praying and creating new resources and events to equip you to live this redeemed life. We’d love to hear from you.
What are the questions you are facing this season?
What aspects of the redeemed life do you need help or guidance?
How can we serve you better as a ministry?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram with any questions or topics you’d like us to address.
Sisters, Jesus is better!
Marian Jordan Ellis