Hope Rising Conference

A Conference for Betrayed Spouses

Take a brave step out of the turmoil and do something just for you. Be a part of the one-day Hope Rising conference. An event filled with hope, practical strategies, and resources for betrayed spouses only.

    Hope Rising 2022

  • Date: Saturday, October 1st 2022
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
  • Location: Livestream
  • Price: $79 $68*
  • *Early bird discount ends August 31st!

You are not alone. Healing from infidelity can feel isolating. At Hope Rising, you can gain momentum, strength and community on your journey to wholeness. We've walked through this pain ourselves, and we've walked alongside thousands of others on this journey. You may not see it at this very moment, but in this dark chapter hope can rise.

At Hope Rising, you will:

  • Receive a new sense of self-worth and honor.
  • Experience belonging in this momentous gathering.
  • Learn how pain can be transformed and overcome.
  • Redefine your identity with new freedom.
  • Be equipped with healing strategies and next steps.
  • Receive encouragement from survivors who are thriving.



Your speakers provide so much hope and understanding toward the pain. It makes those who have been betrayed feel heard and not alone.

— 2020 Hope Rising participant.
(What I liked most about Hope Rising was) the sense of 'normalcy' and that feeling where you have the support of everyone around you brings a lot of hope. To have a conference just for the betrayed communicates something really special about the care that God, through Affair Recovery, has put into everyone out there.

— 2020 Hope Rising participant.

What's Included?

Men's and Women's Breakout Sessions are back!

Hope Rising participants tell us that our men's and women's breakout sessions are one of their favorite parts of the conference. This year, we will once again have breakout groups for betrayed men and women. Don't miss this priceless opportunity to hear from infidelity experts and survivors as they speak to the nuances of betrayal through the lens of men or women.

Connect With Others Over Lunch

Included in your ticket for Hope Rising 2022 is the invaluable opportunity to participate in a lunchtime, virtual small group. We will provide a virtual small group room and discussion questions to guide your conversations. You can connect with other betrayed spouses who are also pursuing healing, build community, and receive the powerful reminder that you are not alone.

Who's Taking the Stage

Cindy Beall

Cindy Beall

Keynote Speaker, Author, and Pastor

Our inaugural Hope Rising keynote speaker, Cindy Beall, is joining us once again as keynote for our 5th Annual Hope Rising Conference!

Cindy Beall is the author of Healing Your Marriage When Trust is Broken and Rebuilding a Marriage Better Than New. Cindy and her husband, Chris, walked through infidelity, found healing through Christ and have inspired thousands of couples. Together, they serve in full-time ministry, where they are both pastors at Life.Church. The Bealls have three sons, one daughter-in-love, and a beautiful granddaughter named Ivy Sloane. You can find Cindy on social media (@cindybeall) or visit cindybeall.com for more information.

Rick Reynolds - Founder and President-AffairRecovery

Rick Reynolds

LCSW, President and Founder of Affair Recovery

As one of America's foremost authorities helping individuals and couples struggling with affairs and compulsive sexual behaviors, Rick brings over 30 years of experience and insight to his role as president and founder of Affair Recovery. He has authored numerous recovery guides, curricula and papers detailing reasons why people cheat, how couples can overcome the pain, heartache and distrust, and ways to move forward both individually and as a couple. Rick utilizes his personal recovery experience, gift of humility and non-judgmental nature to help restore lives impacted by infidelity.

Speaker Dr. John Mark Haney

John Mark Haney

Ph.D., LPC, Co-Author of Harboring Hope, and EMS Weekend Retreat Team

John is a wise and compassionate psychotherapist with more than 15 years of experience in private practice. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. While experienced in multiple issues and modalities, John is best-known for his work in recovery from the pain of infidelity, as well as related work in recovery from sexual shame and trauma. John and his wife Leslie co-wrote Harboring Hope, an online program for betrayed spouses. They serve together on the Affair Recovery specialist panel. John brings an eclectic and existential approach to counseling, believing his goal is not just to help clients cope with current or past pain, but to find new life and meaning beyond their suffering and confusion. John has been trained and certified in sex therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT).

Wayne Baker - Affair Recovery Specialist Panel

Wayne Baker

M.A., LPC, and EMS Weekend Retreat Team

Wayne Baker is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with high-conflict couples and adults impacted by traumatic events, including infidelity. He is passionate about providing hope for individuals, families and couples as they heal from betrayal. Wayne is the co-author of a chapter for the graduate school textbook Positive Couple Relationships: The Evidence for Long-Lasting Relationship Satisfaction and Happiness.

Tracey Brock

Tracey Brock

LPC, and EMS Weekend Retreat Team

Tracey has been a therapist for almost 30 years after leaving a career as a CPA because of her own personal journey of betrayal, healing and growth. She specializes in all types of trauma, including betrayal trauma, as well as unresolved issues from childhood, women's issues, anxiety and depression, and couples experiencing conflict and distress who are stuck in a destructive cycle. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and retreats. Tracey and her husband, Mike, have been married for over 30 years and together they lead marriage retreats and intensives. After being trained in ETT (Emotional Transformation Therapy), she started her own practice in the Austin area, Brock Transformational Therapy.

Jessica McDaniel

Jessica McDaniel

LPC, EMS Weekend Retreat Team

Jessica McDaniel is a wife, the mother of three amazing daughters and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is passionate about working with clients who have experienced betrayal trauma, identity and sexual brokenness, pregnancy grief/loss and postpartum depression. Jessica enjoys helping women and couples work toward deeper authenticity and invite the healing love of Christ into all parts of their story. As someone who has personally walked through betrayal, Jessica has seen firsthand how hope and healing are possible for anyone willing to work through the pain.

Ryan McDaniel

Ryan McDaniel

LPC, EMS Weekend Retreat Team

Ryan McDaniel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of UT Austin. After completing his undergrad in Psychology, he went on to receive an MA in Counseling at Denver Seminary. Since 2012, he has pursued his passion of helping others with sexual addiction, infidelity, postpartum mood disorders and loss, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Lynn Marie Cherry

Lynn Marie Cherry

Author, Pastor, and Hope Rising Program Chair

Lynn is an engaging speaker and the author of Keep Walking, 40 Days to Hope and Freedom after Betrayal, an award-winning devotional helping betrayed spouses find a way through the pain and trauma. In 2005 Lynn and her husband David worked through a precursor to EMS Online and Lynn did an early version of Harboring Hope. Affair Recovery is a vital part of their recovery journey. Lynn has been honored to be an emcee and program chair for Hope Rising Conference for 5 years. David and Lynn co-pastor Restoration Covenant Church in Round Rock, TX.

Rusty Atkinson

Rusty Atkinson

Infidelity Survivor

After experiencing betrayal, Rusty felt absolutely devastated and crushed. He thought that his life was over and nothing that he knew to be true seemed real. A friend that had been in his same shoes a few years before pointed him to Leslie Hardie and Affair Recovery. Through this difficult season, he began to see that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Using the tools that he found in the Harboring Hope class, he was able to work through the process of forgiveness. Not wanting to become a bitter old man, he embarked on a journey of Grieving, Forgiveness and Letting Go, which are individual lessons in Harboring Hope. There is freedom in forgiveness, and Rusty will share his journey to that freedom and provide encouragement that you can find that same freedom through the process of forgiveness.

Jenny

Jenny Barrios

Infidelity Survivor, MAEd

Following her spouse's infidelities, Jenny felt broken and devastated; she found support and her voice in the betrayed community forums at Affair Recovery. EMS Online and Harboring Hope paved the road to finding peace and healing. As a high school science teacher, mother of three boys, and avid handicraft enthusiast, she found a community of professional and authentic individuals by leading Harboring Hope groups. Continuing to share her journey and desire for genuine relationships keeps her on the path to her best self.

Donate to the Affair Recovery Scholarship Program!

All Hope Rising sales go to the Affair Recovery Scholarship Program! This program provides financial assistance to those in need, allowing them to participate in our restorative online courses. Any size gift can make a world of difference in someone else's life. Can't attend Hope Rising but would like to give back? Click the button below to donate directly to our scholarship program.

Hope Rising event tickets are non-refundable upon purchase, but fully transferable to a substitute registrant up to, and including, the day(s) of the event.

What People Are Saying About Hope Rising

"It gave me hope. The name chosen for the conference is perfect."
"John Mark Haney was the reason I signed up, hoping to hear his wisdom and open heart, and I was not disappointed ... (I) found his words to be the most memorable and deeply touching. Everyone's lectures were chock full of beneficial information, and they all deserve a hearty 'thank you.'"
"The perspective from all the speakers brought new insight into my thought-life and where I need to focus my hope."
"The three reminders that I took away from the morning have stuck with me: 1. I can't control the actions of another person, 2. I have to be safe, and 3. Clarity is worth seeking."
"The continued message of normalizing this journey we are on and the vastness of it and the amount of attention, time, patience, and effort it takes to handle it well."
"This is the first time I have ever talked to other betrayed women or listened to talks specifically for the betrayed. It made me realize that what I am feeling and going through is "typical" for the betrayed. I finally didn't feel like I was crazy or overreacting, and my feelings were validated."
"It reinforced that I need to get out of this loop that I am in. I need to stop feeling like a victim and rise up and start living again."
"The speakers were all wonderful. The material was very informative. I would not wish the reason we all were there on my worst enemy, but it was nice to not feel like I am the only person in the boat."
"The conference is affirmation that the stages I'm going through are REAL and worth it."
"John Haney's honesty and heartfelt message really spoke to me. It's good to hear from someone who has come out on the other side, changed for the better by this difficult experience."