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About Our Ministry

 
 

Who We Are

Hope & Healing was begun in 1998 by 2 couples brought together through their mutual counselor to support one another in their adultery recovery. Facilitators are peers, ordinary people who have survived the bitterest of betrayals, done the work of adultery recovery, and are willing to share what they have learned to walk alongside others on the road to recovery. They are not, nor do they claim to be, experts or counselors.

What We Are

A Christian based support system devoted entirely to helping couples who have experienced the heartache of adultery. Hope & Healing was founded and designed to support, encourage, offer hope and provide practical strategies for couples willing to grow through this crisis in their marriage.

Why We Are

The desire, the need, to have access to other couples that had survived intact this devastator of marriages—adultery—was the catalyst. We want couples dealing with adultery recovery to know they are not alone and that there is hope. The benefit of reconciliation, recovery and restoration is the cry of our hearts and we are dedicated to helping others through this process.

Hope & Healing Ministries, Inc. is a 501c3 California Nonprofit Religious Corporation.

Donations are tax deductible and allow us to continue to offer support resources. There are no fees for our services. We do not want money to ever determine whether a couple can participate and benefit. What we offer does incur costs so we gladly accept donations.

Statement of Faith

  1. We believe in one God who is the creator of all things and exists in three persons: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word given to us and is without error.  It is the final authority for faith and life.
  3. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, a free gift to all who accept it, made available by Jesus Christ's paying the penalty for our sin.

*Please note: We do not require participants to agree with our statement of faith, but want to set forth the foundation on which Hope & Healing is based.

 
 
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We serve in obedience to the following scripture: 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 

- 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

 

Meet the Co-Founders of Hope & Healing Ministries

They have been working with couples since the ministry was established in 1998. Together they developed the curriculum for the video series used in the Hope & Healing resource kit. They also co-authored many of the materials available through Hope & Healing. Both couples have been presenters at Weekend Intensives.

 
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Gary & Mona Shriver began their walk through adultery recovery in 1993 They co-authored the book: Unfaithful, Rebuilding Trust after Infidelity which was published by David C. Cook in 2005, and revised in 2009. They offer workshops at conferences and special events. Gary and Mona are members of Crossroads Church, an Evangelical Free Church in Turlock, CA. and have served there since 1986. They have been married over 40 years and have 3 sons and 2 granddaughters.

Gary has been self employed since 1978. He owns and operates an audio and video production facility/advertising agency in Turlock, CA. With a background in radio, he was instrumental in applying for and obtaining the radio station license for the Turlock Evangelical Free Church in 2002, where he continues to serve as the station manager. After a 15 year nursing career in emergency medicine, Mona became a full time volunteer at Hope & Healing Ministries and currently oversees the day to day operations. She is a Precept trained Bible study teacher, serves in Women’s Ministries, and speaks at retreats and special events. She is also a writer and has been published in several magazines and is a contributor to many Hope & Healing resource materials.

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Mike & Jo Crass began their walk through adultery recovery in 1996. They have been active in marriage ministry leadership since 1990. Mike & Jo are members of Yosemite Church in Merced, CA and have served there since 1996. They have been married over 50 years and have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Mike is a 40 plus year veteran in education. He has taught high school & college, has been superintendent of schools in several central California school districts and is a national consultant in leadership development. Mike has served on various boards and has been on staff as director of spiritual development at a church in central California. He also is trained in personality profiling. Jo currently serves on a women’s ministry board and as a Bible study leader. She has served as Director of Women’s Ministries on staff at a local church and as a lay counselor. She currently serves in mentoring and discipleship ministries.