Elizabeth Oates

Elizabeth Oates is an author, blogger, and speaker who encourages, inspires, and equips women seeking a deeper relationship with Christ. She is a cliché Generation Xer from a broken home who once searched for purpose and significance apart from Jesus Christ. Today she devotes her life to spreading the message that we are not defined by our past; our God is bigger than our broken family trees and stronger than the sins that weigh us down.

Elizabeth earned her B.A. from Baylor University and her M.A. from Dallas Theological Seminary with a focus in Marriage and Family Studies before writing three books:

  • Dealing with Divorce: Finding Direction When Your Parents Split Up (Zondervan, 2009)
  • If You Could See As Jesus Sees: Inspiration for a Life of Hope, Joy, and Purpose (Shiloh Press, 2016)
  • Mending Broken Branches: When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree (Kregel, 2018)

She has written for print and online publications, including HufPost, Hello Mornings, ThriveMoms, Sacred Holidays, Sonoma Christian Home, WacoToday magazine, and The WACOAN magazine, and she regularly blogs about marriage, foster care, adoption, life, and faith.

Elizabeth lives out her faith and passion not only through her writing but also in hands-on ministry. Since 2009 she and her husband, Brandon, have offered pre-marital education to engaged couples through Legacy Family Ministries. In 2012, Elizabeth and Brandon founded Project Restoration Ministry, which offers affordable Christian counseling and lay mentoring for married couples in Central Texas. In 2014 they became licensed foster parents and started their three-year journey that led to adopting two children through foster care and providing babysitting and respite care for many other foster children.

In 2011, Dallas Theological Seminary chose Elizabeth as one of their alumni profiles to highlight her ministry to young couples. That same year DivorceCare, our nation’s leader in Christian divorce recovery, featured Elizabeth as one of their divorce experts in their updated video curriculum.

In her “free time,” Elizabeth enjoys reading, rich conversation with friends, and watching God work miracles through the mundane. She and Brandon currently live in Waco with their five children (three biological and two adopted through foster care).


Most Recent Project: Mending Broken Branches: When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree (Kregel 2018)


Websites: elizabethoates.com and projectrestorationministry.org
Facebook: Elizabeth Oates
Twitter: @elizabethoates_
Instagram: @elizabethoates_


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