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Faculty Profile - Barrett McRay

Barrett McRay, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry

On Faculty since 1998
630.752.5198



“…what really counts is that in moments of pain and suffering someone stays with us. More important than any particular action or word of advice is the simple presence of someone who cares.” (Henri Nouwen) I was a youth minister on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon when these words began to make an indelible impact on me. Amidst the joys of being involved with youth in ministry, I became aware of the intense pain and suffering of some of the students and their families. I began to long to know how to be helpful.

This longing was the beginning of the passion that drives my teaching … a desire to understand the historic soul care ministry of the church and the current resources available in the mental health fields, and to prepare students to be able to utilize these in their ministry. My passions also include my work with HoneyRock (Wheaton's Outdoor Center for Leadership Development) and Congo-Initiative USA.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
IL License #071-006149

Wheaton College
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, 1998

Wheaton College
M.A., New Testament Studies, 1986

  • Outdoor Adventure Ministry
  • Clinical Psychopathology
  • History of Pastoral Care
  • Integration of Soul Care and Contemporary Mental Health
  • Integration of Theology and Psychology
  • Youth Ministry
  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies
  • Evangelical Theological Society

"Youth Ministers' Attitudes Toward and Experiences with Sexual Minority Youth: A Quantitative Analysis."
Morgan, T., O. Zaporozhets, E. Bucher, M. Yarhouse and B. McRay. Paper presented at the Virginia Psychological Association State Conference.Virginia Beach, VA

Psychotherapy and Spiritual Formation
Plenary addresses given at the annual George Fox University Colloquium. Newburg, OR, February 2015

"Multiple Identity Considerations Among Sexual Minority Christians."
Yarhouse, M., D. Colpitts, J. Dean, S. Stratton, and B. McRay. Symposium presented at the International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Atlanta, GA, April 2014

"Youth Ministry Educators: A Survey of Attitudes Toward Sexual Minorities, Church Climate, Ministry Approaches and Religiosity."
Bucher, E., T. Morgan, M. Yarhouse and B. McRay. Poster presented at the International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Atlanta, GA, April 2014

"Camp Ministry Foundations."
Ribbe, Rob and McRay, Barrett. Preconference full day workshop presented at the annual conference of the Christian Camp and Conference Association. Colorado Springs, CO, November 2013

"Adventure-based Orientation Programs for Colleges."
McRay, Barrett. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Christian Camp and Conference Association. Colorado Springs, CO, November 2013

"The Collaboration of Pastors, Clinicians & Academics for Theological & Psychological Contributions"
Barnes, G., C. Dickens, E. Johnson, M. McMinn, B. McRay, S. Greggo, F. Gingrich, and C. Barnes. Symposium presented at the annual meetings of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Indianapolis, IN, April 2011

"Christian Spiritual Formation among College Students: Current Theory and Research."
Keynote address presented at the Pepperdine University Spiritual Life Forum. Malibu, CA, March 2011

"Defining Spiritual Formation and Its Implications for the Ethos and Practice of Christian Higher Education" and "Spiritual Life Outcomes in Practice."
Addresses presented at the Pepperdine University Spiritual Life Forum. Malibu, CA, March 2011

"Faculty Development, Faith-Learning-Service, and Curriculum Development."
Robinson, Paul, Barrett McRay and Genzo Yamamoto. Consultation with senior administration and faculty of Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo. Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, July, August 2010.

  • Psychopathology
  • Pastoral Care
  • Integration of Soul Care and Contemporary Mental Health
  • Compassion & Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering
  • Wheaton Passage
  • Care & Counsel in Ministry
  • History of Pastoral Care
  • Sexuality and Spiritual Formation
  • Personal Spiritual Formation
  • Youth Ministry

How Do People Develop Their Thinking? Teaching the Next Generations: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching Christian Formation. McRay, Barrett. 2016

My office is located in the Billy Graham Center (BGC) 240.

My Wheaton College email address is barrett.mcray@wheaton.edu.

Please use this link to schedule office hour appointments: meetme.so/barrettmcray.