Save the dates for next year's in-person conference
June 11 & 12, 2021 at Ridgecrest Conference Center, NC
Registration opens starting October 1, 2020
Restoring Hope • Proclaiming Truth • Equipping Churches
Join us for a special in person conference filled with powerful biblical teaching, and inspiring life stories of those who have dealt with same-sex attraction and been transformed by the living God.
Strugglers, family members, loved ones, counselors, pastors, and laypeople, this conference is for you!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Confirmed Keynote Speakers for HOPE2021
Andrew Comiskey (M.Div.) has worked extensively with the healing of the sexually and relationally broken. Having come to the church broken, he loves nothing more than serving broken ones who cry out for mercy in the church.
He founded Desert Stream Ministries in 1980 while serving on staff at the Vineyard West Los Angeles. Desert Stream relocated from Southern California to Kansas City, Missouri in 2005. Andrew’s ministry remains fresh as a result of his own commitment to overcome homosexuality and his experience as a husband to Annette and father of four (now) adult children. He is author of Pursuing Sexual Wholeness (Creation House), Strength in Weakness (IVP), Naked Surrender: Coming Home to Our True Sexuality (IVP) and the Living Waters healing program.
Andrew seeks to equip the global church to become whole and holy, a bride ready to receive Jesus. He loves worshipping Jesus at St. Thomas More Parish. He marvels at the power of Christ Crucified to blaze a trail on which broken lives can become whole. He is at times troubled by Jesus’ call to pick up our own crosses and walk His way in order to be healed. Andrew served on the founding board of Restored Hope Network and then as Chair of the Restored Hope Board of Directors for the following 5 years.
Alex McFarland, founder of Truth for a New Generation
Alex McFarland serves on the Restored Hope Board of Reference and has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout the US and abroad. He has preached in over 1,500 different churches throughout North America and internationally and has been featured at conferences such as The Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus on the Family's Big Dig, Josh McDowell's True Foundations events, California's Spirit West Coast, and many more.
In a 2009 story, CNN said, "Alex McFarland is an expert on world religions and cults." Beginning in 1991, Alex pioneered apologetics conference formats designed to equip teens and adults to defend their faith. Attendees of all ages began to attend Alex's "Truth for a New Generation" events, eagerly learning from scholars such as Josh McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, and others.
Dr. McFarland was named the third president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and College, located in Charlotte, NC (2001-2005). Under his leadership the school saw unprecedented growth. Prior to this, Alex had served as Focus on the Family's first-ever Director of Teen Apologetics. He has authored over 20 books tackling the difficult topics about faith, including, The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently (Focus on the Family Books).
Nancy is a popular Bible study teacher, author, and speaker. She holds a masters and doctorate degree in pastoral counseling. On a personal side, five children and 25 years of marriage later, her husband Don was diagnosed with AIDS--the shocking discovery of his homosexual secret was only the beginning of loss and heartache. Shortly after Don's death, their 18-year-old son, Nathan, died in a car crash and Nancy fell into years of personal darkness. Eventually, as she was drawn into a long journey of growth and healing, her youngest daughter, Anne, began a very public lesbian love affair with Ellen Degeneres. Despite Nancy's life circumstances, she held on to what she knew of God's promises from Scripture and is discovering how to look at people and the world with God's perspective through eyes full of love and blessing.