Biography

Ellie Lofaro's message is a wonderful blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. Drawing from the context of real life, she deftly handles the Word of God and steadily directs her audiences to consider what concerns them in light of God's timeless truths. With her trademark quick wit and convincing demeanor, she pairs Biblical principles with life's deeper questions. The result? An audience who willingly joins Ellie in the journey toward better understanding and applying God's grace and truth to their lives.

Equally comfortable sharing the "Great News" alongside acclaimed teachers at national conferences, on a television broadcast, or roaming thehalls during a midnight search for chocolate at a women's retreat, Ellie effuses a natural ease and engaging warmth. As her friend Patsy Clairmont once said about meeting Ellie for the first time; "she is the kind of person you immediately hope will always be your friend."

Ellie is a first generation American and the second of five children in a "very Italian" family. A native New Yorker, she speaks of being brought up "with the awareness of God, but not the experience of God." However, when she encountered a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, she realized her new identity as a "Capital C Christian;" "highly flawed, fully forgiven and greatly favored."

Completely convinced of God's love and His mandate to "go and tell," Ellie has committed her life to using her time and talent to inspire others with His goodness and grace.

"After all, when you fall in love, you tell people. When you get married, you tell people. When you have a baby, you tell people. And when you find out there's a way to live a life of purpose now and to live in Paradise forever and ever... well, you just don't keep that kind of thing to yourself." - Leap of Faith

A serious student of Scripture and a keen observer of the culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul — thus inspiring her to found Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. She has been blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ. Ellie's ministry involves international speaking engagements (has taught on five continents), authoring books, teaching a weekly interdenominational Bible Study and appearing on radio and television.

Ellie's newest book will expound on the joys and heartaches of motherhood. (Release date TBD.) Working Title: "It's All My Fault!"... Confessions of a Well Meaning Mother. Learn from her mistakes! Leap of Faith, endorsed by Chuck Colson, encourages us to embrace the life God promises. From Battle Scars to Beauty Marks conveys powerful portraits of women who turned trials to triumph. Spaghetti for the Soul, A Celebration of the Abundant Life, examines Biblical truth about faith, hope, and love for the modern woman. Slices of Life and Bonding with the Blonde Women are collections of serious, humorous and provocative essays. She has also written for Today's Christian Woman, Women of Faith's Connection Magazine, Crosswalk.com and has contributed to compilations from seven publishing houses. Ellie has been featured on Focus on the Family, Life Today, CBN's Living the Life, 100 Huntley Street, The Harvest Show as well as The Moody, Salem, Bott and Le Sea Broadcasting Networks. The Focus on the Family broadcast was the third most requested CD of the year.

Ellie and her husband Frank (COO of Prison Fellowship International), reside near the nation's capital.

They have three grown children:
Paris — named for the City of Light;
Jordan — named for the River of Life,
Capri — named for the Isle of Love.

Ellie loves eating but dislikes cooking

 

Heart Mind & Soul Ministries

Ellie Lofaro's message is a wonderful blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. Drawing from the context of real life, she deftly handles the Word of God and steadily directs her audiences to consider what concerns them in light of God's timeless truths. With her trademark quick wit and convincing demeanor, she pairs Biblical principles with life's deeper questions. The result? An audience who willingly joins Ellie in the journey toward deeper faith and applying God's grace and truth to their lives.

A serious student of Scripture and a keen observer of the culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul—resulting in the founding of Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. She continues to be blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ. The mission of Heart Mind & Soul Ministries is to teach the timeless truths of God through speaking engagements, through books, through Bible Studies, and to provide references and resources to those seeking to grow deeper in the walk of faith.

In 2008, Ellie teamed up with fellow Italian New Yorker Kathy Troccoli to present the women's conference Spaghetti for the Soul: A Feast of Faith, Hope, and Love. Her book fifth book (by the same title) was published by WaterBrook Press. The national conferences have been igniting hearts for Christ through solid Biblical teaching, an uplifting concert, a challenge to action, a call to salvation, a time of worship --and a healthy dose of humor. Spaghetti for the Soul is being joyfully "served" to women of all ages and stages in 50 cities across America. In 2010, they launched an all new conference titled LOOK UP ! Timeless Truths for Trying Times.

Ellie's fourth book, From Battle Scars to Beauty Marks, Portraits of Women Who Turned Trials to Triumphs, shares true stories of uncommon grace. Leap of Faith, endorsed by Chuck Colson, is her third book and challenges readers to discover and embrace the life that God has promised. Each of these three books have accompanying group Bible Study guides. Her first two books; Bonding with the Blonde Women and Slices of Life are poignant, delightful, heartfelt collections of humorous and provocative essays. In addition, she has written for Today's Christian Woman Magazine, Women of Faith's Connection Magazine, the Women's Channel of Crosswalk.com and has contributed to compilations from seven publishing houses including Word, Zondervan and Bethany House.

Ellie has had the privilege of being a featured guest on programs such as James Dobson's Focus on the Family, James Robison's Life Today, 100 Huntley Street, The Harvest Show, and CBN's Living the Life—as well as the Moody, Salem, Bott and LeSEA Broadcasting Networks