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Elaine Ricker Kelly Christian egalitarian author


Elaine Kelly Author brings healing and hope to those who feel forgotten, sidelined, or silenced. She writes historical fiction and blogs about women in the Bible, church history, and biblical studies empowering women and affirming LGBTQ+. Elaine Ricker Kelly writes from her experiences as a business person, volunteer, friend, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother.

After thirty years as a financial advisor, noticed that the movement towards equal rights and opportunities for women faced a strong counter-movement from Christians opposing full freedom for women and girls. As a Christian, she felt betrayed that people who shared her faith opposed her freedom. As a financial advisor, she knew that Jesus engaged women as patrons and equipped and empowered female disciples. As a mother of three daughters, she wanted to show how the Bible empowers women to speak and act boldly. Elaine Ricker Kelly HBA MBA graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London Ontario, earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA) designations, and became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), giving these up on retirement in 2021.  She brings a research-based approach and empathetic tone to her writing and speaking. Fiction set in biblical times does not add to Scripture, but puts the reader in the biblical narrative to stimulate

deeper contemplation of Scripture.  

📘Forgotten Followers from Broken to Bold  (Book 1) is a Silver CIPA EVVY award-winning historical fiction about women in the Bible. It retells the Gospels through the eyes of female disciples and brings healing and hope to those who feel forgotten, sidelined, or silenced in the Christian church. It features Mara (Mary of Clopas), healing recovering from trauma and abuse, and Joanna, a financial patron of Jesus, grappling with racism and imposter syndrome.
📘Because She Was Called: from Broken to Bold, Book 2, A Novel of the Early Church, features Joanna, torn by grief, and Susannah, pulled between romance and following her call to preach. The novel, based on Acts 2-11, shows women, Palestinians, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized people adopted as full members of the family of faith. A finalist in the 2024 Literary Global Independent Author awards, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
📘The Sword: A Fun Way to Engage in Healthy Debate on What the Bible Says about a Woman's Role is a non-fiction book introducing diverse views on biblical passages about men and women. The 104 flashcards employ a fencing motif to showcase complementarian (hierarchal) views side-by-side with egalitarian (mutualism) views. Useful for adult or teen Christian education, in concludes with 180 end notes for further study.  

Elaine R Kelly Author advocates for equal rights and opportunities for all people, regardless of gender, race, class, or sexual orientation. ​Readers who are questioning their faith, deconstructing evangelicalism, or investigating egalitarian and LGBTQ+ affirming Christian perspectives will appreciate her refreshing, life-giving words. 

On her blogs, she shares her research on biblical equality, biblical interpretation, church history, empowering women, and affirming LGBTQ+, showing how God calls all believers to use their gifts to speak and act at home, church, and society. You can download a free copy of the affirming Christian fish designed by Elaine R Kelly on the Freebees tab. 

You can find out more about her beliefs here.


Elaine R. Kelly, her husband, and their little dog live near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She and her husband have hiked the 900 km Bruce Trail and enjoy nature, tennis, music, history, and culture.


They worship in the mainline Protestant Christian tradition.

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