Godfrey J. Ellis

About Godfrey J. Ellis

is a retired professor of psychology. At retirement he was serving as the director of the master’s program in Counseling Psychology and the chair of the Department of Leadership and Counseling Psychology at a university in western Washington. After earning his BA in French and MA in Family Relations from Brigham Young University, he completed his PhD in Family Sociology and Social Psychology from Washington State University. He worked as a professor of Family Relations or Psychology for more than 36 years and as a marriage and family therapist in private practice for 30 years. He was born in England, raised in Canada and the United States, served a mission in France, and has taught in China. Ellis has published in the Ensign magazine (now Liahona), BYU Studies, and Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship. He currently serves as the associate editor of the Interpreter Foundation journal. He enjoys painting acrylic portraits of friends, missionaries, and family (see He and his wife are blessed with four sons and daughters-in-law, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.