Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry
On Faculty since 1998
2000-present Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL License # 071-006149
1998 Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
1986 M.A., New Testament Studies, Wheaton College
1983 B.A., Biblical Studies, Wheaton College
About Barrett McRay
“…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, and I began to long to know how to be helpful. This 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.
- 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
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Psychological Association
- Christian Association of Psychological Studies
- Pastoral Care
- Integration of Soul Care and Contemporary Mental Health
Selected Publications & Presentations
McRay, Barrett, Mark Yarhouse and Richard Butman. Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2016.
McRay, Barrett. "How Do People Develop Their Thinking?" In Teaching the Next Generations: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching Christian Formation, edited by Terry Linhart, 67-85. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
Morgan, T., O. Zaporozhets, E. Bucher, M. Yarhouse and B. McRay. "Youth Ministers' Attitudes Toward and Experiences with Sexual Minority Youth: A Quantitative Analysis." Paper presented at the Virginia Psychological Association State Conference. Virginia Beach, VA, April 16, 2015.
McRay, Barrett. "Psychotherapy and Spiritual Formation." Plenary addresses given at the annual George Fox University Colloquium, Newburg, OR, February, 2015.
Yarhouse, M., D. Colpitts, J. Dean, S. Stratton, and B. McRay. "Multiple Identity Considerations Among Sexual Minority Christians." Symposium presented at the International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA, April, 2014.
Bucher, E., T. Morgan, M. Yarhouse and B. McRay. "Youth Ministry Educators: A Survey of Attitudes Toward Sexual Minorities, Church Climate, Ministry Approaches and Religiosity." Poster presented at the International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA, April, 2014.
Ribbe, Rob and Barrett McRay. "Camp Ministry Foundations." Preconference full day workshop presented at the annual conference of the Christian Camp and Conference Association, Colorado Springs, CO, November, 2013.
McRay, Barrett. "Adventure-based Orientation Programs for Colleges." Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Christian Camp and Conference Association, Colorado Springs, CO, November, 2013.
Barnes, G., C. Dickens, E. Johnson, M. McMinn, B. McRay, S. Greggo, F. Gingrich, and C. Barnes. "The Collaboration of Pastors, Clinicians & Academics for Theological & Psychological Contributions Towards Spiritual Formation in the Church." Symposium presented at the annual meetings of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN, April, 2011.
McRay, Barrett. "Christian Spiritual Formation among College Students: Current Theory and Research." Keynote address presented at the Pepperdine University Spiritual Life Forum, March, 2011.
McRay, Barrett. "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, March, 2011.
Robinson, Paul, Barrett McRay and Genzo Yamamoto. "Faculty Development, Faith-Learning-Service, and Curriculum Development." Consultation with senior administration and faculty of Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo. Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, July, August, 2010.