Our Team

Our team at The Clearing is among the best in the industry. We are devoted to and fully invested in helping couples restore health and vibrancy in their marriages. It is our privilege to provide the opportunity for individuals and couples to reconnect with God's purposes and designs for themselves as individuals as well as for their marriages.


Bill and margit riley

Bill and Margit Riley co-founded The Clearing, driven by a passion to see marriages restored to their God-given design and purpose. As physicians, their careers led them on a path to help people not only physically, but also emotionally, mentally and relationally.

Deborah kristen

Deborah Kristen is the Program Director for The Clearing. She is the person to whom potential participants turn as they explore the the next best steps for their marriage journey.

Tricia Cunningham

Tricia Cunningham has years of experience and has demonstrated her wisdom and compassion in counseling couples who have come to the Marriage Intensive Retreats.

guy gourley

Guy Gourley is a therapist, conference and seminar speaker, husband for twenty-six years, father of three, and founder of the Legacy Center for Christian Counseling in Houston.

Cindy irwin

Cindy Irwin is the founder and executive director of LIFE BY DESIGN, a counseling center that specializes in Sexual Wholeness and Marriage and Family Counseling.