Ted is available regularly at book signings, speaking engagements, and open air events.

Ted Visits 100 Huntley Street – June 13, 2018

Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Interview, News | 0 comments

Ted Visits 100 Huntley Street – June 13, 2018

On June 13, 2018, Ted had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on 100 Huntley Street.

Watch the Full Episode on 100 Huntley Street: June 13, 2018

Feb 25 – The Guardian – “Former bank robber and pool hustler shares story with Islanders about finding redemption”

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Feb 25 – The Guardian – “Former bank robber and pool hustler shares story with Islanders about finding redemption”

On February 25, 2018, Ted Nellis was featured in an article in Prince Edward Island’s newspaper, The Guardian. The article was based on an interview he did in Prince Edward Island while on a speaking tour in the Maritimes last month.

See the full article here:

Maritimes Speaking Tour, 2018

Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Speaking Engagement | 0 comments

From January 16th-January 28th, Ted Nellis will be touring the Maritimes with New Life Prison Ministries. The team is booked to do fifteen speaking engagements/presentations in churches, institutions and men’s breakfasts in twelve days! As well, Ted and New Life director, Rosemary Redshaw will participate in several newspaper and radio interviews. Ted Nellis will be sharing his inspiring testimony-from bank robber to born again Christian, along with music by country gospel recording artist, Ted Lynch. Rosemary Redshaw and George Glover will be opening and closing each service with exciting and informative New Life Prison Ministries presentations!
The team is looking forward to ministering throughout the Maritimes in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in January, 2018!

Frank Sontag Radio Show Interview – Jan 5, 2017

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in News, Speaking Engagement | 0 comments

Frank Sontag Radio Show Interview – Jan 5, 2017

Ted had the pleasure of speaking with Frank Sontag live out of 99.5FM KKLA, Los Angeles, California about his life.

Enjoy listening to this 42-minute “Impact” interview free on iTunes: iTunes Interview 167

Television Guest at Grace TV in Toronto, On.

Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Speaking Engagement | 0 comments

On Thurs., April 10th, 2014, Ted was interviewed in a two part pre-taped show at the Grace Television Studio in Toronto, Ont. The host was Pastor Dale Hoch from the show, Faith on Fire. The two part interview will air across Canada beginning in mid May of 2014. The Miracle Channel will be airing the show in Western Canada as well as various other networks in Central and Eastern Canada.
“The interview was powerful. It will minister to so many hearts all across the nation.”-Pastor Mike Knoll.

MarketPlace Radio Interview – Whatever happened to a good old fashioned bank robbery?

Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Appearance, Speaking Engagement | 0 comments

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, on MarketPlace with Stacey Vanek Smith, Ted Nellis talked about his illustrious career as a bank robber, as revealed in his book Journey to Redemption.

Listen to the 4-minute segment:

Radio Interview with Revival Prayer Ministries

Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Interview, Thoughts | 0 comments

A very revealing and fun radio interview that I enjoyed this week. It’s a beauty! The link is on Facebook and Twitter.

Radio Interview with Pastor Mike Knoll, Faith FM, Kitchener

Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Appearance, Speaking Engagement | 0 comments

In September, 2013, Ted spoke with Pastor Mike Knoll in 94.3 FAITH FM’s Kitchener studio.

Listen to the 30-minute segment:

Talk Radio-New York

Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Interview, Thoughts | 0 comments

I was recently interviewed by a senior reporter from MarketPlace Talk Radio in New York for a piece she was working on called, “Whatever happened to good old-fashioned bank robbery. I was happy to help with the article and my book, Journey to Redemption, was given a plug in both the audio and text version of the piece. This is the link. Enjoy!

Radio Interview with Brad Loveday, 94.3 Faith FM, Kitchener

Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Appearance, News, Speaking Engagement | 0 comments

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in an interview with Brad Loveday at 94.3 Faith FM, Ted Nellis talked about his life and new book, Journey to Redemption.

Listen to the 10-minute interview:

Jul 20 – The Record – “Writing book helped him expose his demons”

Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Appearance, News | 0 comments

On Saturday, July 20, 2013, Ted Nellis was featured in an article in the Faith section of the K-W Record.

See the full article here:

Author Spotlight

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Interview, News | 0 comments


In addition to holding down a full-time job, Ted Nellis is a licensed minister, author, speaker, and ministry leader. He is also a husband, father, and grandfather with a past as colourful as a fall landscape.

Possessing only a grade eight education, Ted stands in stark contrast with today’s multi-degreed, formally trained church and ministry leaders, yet he has an ability to engage, connect, and relate to people of all ages and backgrounds in a way that is very real and refreshing.

Ted’s passion for reading, studying, obeying, and living out God’s word in practical and tangible ways is both inspiring and contagious.

Over the years, Ted has been invited to share his testimony dozens of times in churches, on the radio, and most recently in a high school, and he always welcomes the opportunity to do so. Whether speaking to a general audience, youth, or to a men’s group, Ted can easily engage and relate to everyone, young and old, saved and unsaved, faith and non-faith based, due in part to his wide and varied life experiences. Ted has lived life on both sides of the track, so to speak, and brings a lot to the table when sharing about his life.

Ted owned and operated a successful janitorial business for twenty-five years. He is also a convicted bank robber, poolroom hustler, and street kid. Ted knows the struggle of living life with a hangover and did so for two decades. He quit drinking cold turkey when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and has been wonderfully sober and serving the Lord in various ministries for the past fourteen years.


When did you know, with certainty, that you were going to write this book?
About three years ago. I had put off doing so for a long time, primarily because I simply didn’t want to revisit a period of my life that I had tried for decades to forget. When someone suggested that my past could be an encouragement to others, as well as bring tremendous glory to God in His capacity to forgive and restore, well, the seed was planted and I knew I would soon begin the writing process.

This is a very revealing book. Were you uncomfortable—embarrassed, perhaps—about your past at any time while you were working on the manuscript?
My past has never been an embarrassment to me. I am who I am and I’m neither ashamed nor uncomfortable about who I was or what I’ve done. I have regrets, certainly, but I’m not embarrassed.

What will a person get out of this book? What can someone take from the book and apply to his or her own life?
We all have stuff in our past that we’re not proud of—spare baggage, regrettable moments, etc. I believe people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs can relate to my story, and perhaps use it to find closure in their own lives. Anyone reading Journey to Redemption will certainly be inspired or encouraged to move beyond their own limitations, past, and pain. The book also challenges individuals about their relationship with God, or their lack of one, and what that could mean to them.

You were the youngest inmate at the time when you were in Kingston Penitentiary. Can you describe that experience?
I was definitely concerned for my safety and considered the very real possibility that I may not make it out.

Your initial introduction to Serge Leclerc occurs under incredible circumstances. Did you stay in touch after you two reconnected years later at a church conference?
My friendship with Serge Leclerc becomes more incredible to me as the years pass. Our paths did cross many times. I’ve gone to hear him speak whenever possible. He even offered me a job at one point, when he was the director of Teen Challenge Saskatchewan. I had an opportunity to visit him in his home just weeks before he passed away a couple of years ago.

Have you forgiven yourself?
I have forgiven myself, on an even deeper level now, I think, than when I wrote the book. As I wrote, I could see myself for who I really was back then—a mixed-up, jaded, misguided kid. I didn’t know what I was doing, although at the time I felt very grown-up and mature. So, yeah, I have forgiven myself. I’ve learned to cut myself a little slack.

What don’t we know about Ted Nellis?
The book is very revealing, but there is much that remains unwritten. I suppose one thing that readers of the book might not realize is that I’m a private, introverted person in the natural. I step up and answer God’s call, but I tend to be quite laidback and removed otherwise.

What’s in the future for you?
The future is bright. I do have another book or two inside of me, and I have all the book signings that I can handle at the moment. I’d like to take on more speaking engagements, should they come my way. I always welcome the opportunity to share what God has done in my life and what he can do in the lives of everyone.

What can you tell us about your writing style?
My writing style is varied. The process of writing the manuscript was never exactly the same two weeks in a row. I worked on the book anywhere from a half-hour to four hours a day as time or motivation allowed. Sometimes it was at home, late at night, and at other times it was out in a public setting, in the daytime, at the coffeeshop where I would type for hours. I tried to move forward a little every day, whether it was adding new material, polishing what had been written, or simply making rough notes for future consideration.

What advice could you give to new or aspiring writers?
The best advice I could give to anyone considering writing a book is to simply begin. Sitting down and actually typing words can often be the hardest part. It’s a discipline. Once the words start appearing on paper (or on the monitor), the job becomes easier. One paragraph becomes two, two become a page, and so on. Just begin and see where it goes.

Ted has several book signings lined up, including visiting all twelve Gospel Lighthouse stores from now until mid-September.

Please visit Ted’s website (www. for more information.

Journey to Redemption is available through Amazon, Chapters/Indigo,, and wherever fine Christian books are sold.