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Upcoming Schedule

On the Safe to Hope podcast, we host one "STORY-TELLER" per season. Anonymous STORY-TELLERS share over three episodes. In between each episode, an EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR will interact with the story and help our audience better understand how to help someone in a similar situation.

Warning: Michelle’s story is for adult audiences only. As a heads up, this season includes discussions regarding marital, emotional, spiritual, and sexual abuse. We advise listener and reader discretion.

May 2, 2023

Episode 1


Lately, numerous victims and survivors have come forward to report domestic abuse which is occurring just as much within congregations as in the broader society. It is a privileged to introduce you to this season's STORY-TELLER, Michelle.

May 16, 2023

Episode 2

Melissa Affolter

We welcome back Melissa Affolter, as she helps us understand more about Michelle's situation - specifically about the ways to help victims of domestic abuse and survivors - as they navigate the healing process from this trauma, especially as it relates to sexual abuse and marriage.

June 6, 2023

Episode 3


We join Michelle, in the second part of her story where she elaborates on the devastating situation that impacts every aspect of her life, including her children and church family.

June 20, 2023

Episode 4

Brad Hambrick

It is our privilege to a deep discussion with Brad Hambrick. Brad serves as the Pastor of Counseling at Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He's a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. From his many opportunities, he openly shares powerful and practical insights to level up what it means to care.
Brad and Ann Maree discuss phases of abuse, rightly discerning next steps, theological concepts needed to shepherd women well, and so much more.

June 22, 2023


Brad Hambrick

As we’ve heard, Brad Hambrick is a well-seasoned counselor who has a deep understanding of abuse victims and survivors, all the while having a heart to care. Brad again joins us in this bonus episode and interacts with Michelle’s story, addressing the injustices of how abuse is being handled, and what proper biblical responses look like. An excellent resource for pastors who want to help and not hurt.

July 11, 2023

Episode 5


July 25, 2023

Episode 6

Darby Strickland

July 27, 2023


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