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Who I am

Here is the story of how I first became interested in God (with some random video clips thrown in to keep it interesting):

Having struggled with depression and anxiety for much of my life, I have often felt distant from God, and have even been frustrated with him for not showing up in the ways that I thought he said he would.

I’m still not finished struggling in my life and I’m often confused about what God is doing.  But I have also come to believe that out of a struggle with God comes a healing, loving relationship with him.  My struggles with anxiety and depression have drawn me into a deeper walk with Jesus, and given me a gateway to connect with other “strugglers”.

In fact, I love people who wrestle with God.  In the Bible, God calls his people Israel, which means, he struggles (or wrestles) with God. I believe that my calling in life is to struggle deeply and honestly with God, and to help others do so as well.

Grad pic

There I am on the far left, 2nd row.


  • 1996. Began reading the Bible as an agnostic, during my junior year of high school
  • 1997. During my freshman year at the University of Michigan, became involved in New Life Church
  • 2001. Graduated from U of M and went on full-time staff with GCM at New Life Church.
  • 2005. Moved to Orlando to pursue a Masters in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary
  • 2007. Received my M.A. in Counseling from RTS
  • 2009. Returned to Ann Arbor to work as a full time counselor for college students at New Life Church


Here is some ancient history that I thought I’d share:


8 responses

23 10 2009

i love the new blog layout!!!!!!

24 10 2009

this is awesome Tim. I did just read a book recently about how we are always taught to look at and work on our weaknesses.. and rarely encouraged to look and develope our STRENGTHS…. or better yet put by CS Lewis…
“Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good first before it can be spoiled.”

2 11 2009

This is great Tim 🙂 Love the title and pray that the perspective of “seeing and calling forth the glory” in others will spread.

17 03 2010

Your video/story was extremely moving… thank you

30 06 2010
Dave VandeVusse

There’s something real and authentic about you that people are drawn to. The reality is that there are many people who will give the truth a chance because they like and trust you – you’re a breath of fresh air and huge encouragement.

20 04 2011
Debbie O'Brien

Hi Tim ,
Your testimonial on video is very inspiring. You are a great communicator. I am a believer too and grew up in a non believing home as well.
I am doing a B.Ed in Education and have to do a P.P.about my life and do a testimonial as I link my experiences to 5 educational values. So I went looking for a picture of a ‘stork’ (as I have 2 adopted children) and ended up finding your video.
Fantastic how God works and guides us.
Blessings to you
Debbie O’Brien Australia

24 04 2011
Tim Courtois

Thanks very much Debbie! Love that you found my blog by looking for a picture of a stork! 🙂
Grace to you,

14 01 2012
Larry Rodd


I sense God’s loving presence in this place…

Larry R

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