Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ray Mitsch

Meet Dr. Ray Mitsch

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology (Indiana State University)
  • M.S., Agency Counseling (Indiana State University)
  • B.A., Psychology (Wabash College)
  • B.A., Religion (Wabash College)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Ray Mitsch received his master’s degree and doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana State University. After receiving his doctorate in 1986, he worked as a staff psychologist at Michigan Technological University. In 1988, Mitsch moved with his family to Illinois and began practice at the Minirth-Meier Clinic of Wheaton.

In 1993, he started his own counseling practice called Cornerstone Counseling Center and was in private practice until his departure to Promise Keepers in Colorado. He has had extensive experience in men’s ministry, and caring ministries within the local church. He was an adjunct staff member at Christ Community Church of St. Charles, Illinois, where he developed Harbor Ministries, a recovery ministry for hurting and struggling people in the church.

Mitsch has used his 30 years of experience in working with missionaries from around the world. His work with mission agencies includes WorldVenture and The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). As a result, he has had the opportunity to work with over 200 missionary families, both on the field as well as those on home assignment.

Mitsch has been a guest speaker on several radio programs, including the Minirth-Meier Clinic’s (now New Life Clinic) daily radio program. He has also enjoyed numerous speaking engagements at area churches as well as professional organizations and businesses. He has authored five books including his last book entitled, Nurturing Your Child’s Potential, and his best-selling book, Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love, selling over 300,000 copies worldwide. He was a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counseling and is a licensed psychologist in Colorado.

Mitsch currently serves as the Chair for the Department of Psychology and was recently promoted to professor of psychology at CCU. He has been married to Linda for 39 years and they are blessed to have four daughters, and two grandchildren. The Mitsches live in the Denver area.

Professional Experience
  • WorldVenture — Director of The Paraclete Centre (member-care unit within WorldVenture)
  • Jacobs Well Church — Pastor of Spiritual Formation, teaching pastor
  • The Paraclete Group — Founder of private practice
  • Southwest Counseling Associates — Littleton, Colorado
  • Promise Keepers — Director of Educational Development
  • Christ Community Church, St. Charles, Illinois — Director of Harbor Ministries
  • Cornerstone Clinical Associates — private practice composed of six therapists
  • Cornerstone Counseling Center
  • Minirth-Meier Clinic
    • Clinical director, Dissociative Disorders Unit
    • Clinical director, Adolescent Inpatient Unit
  • Mitsch, Raymond (2017) “It Wasn't You” Chera Fellowship Publication, IFCA International, Summer, 2017 (Vol. 25/3)
  • Mitsch, R. “An Interview for Parents of Missing Children” Strength for Parents of Missing Children: Surviving Divorce, Abduction, Runaways, and Foster Care, Marie White (Ed.) Hawaii Way Publishing, 2017
  • Mitsch, R. and Brookside, L. Grieving the loss of someone you love, Baker Books, 2014. (second edition with extensive new material)
  • Mitsch, Raymond R. Nurturing Your Child’s Potential: How to make the most of your child’s emotional, physical and intellectual promise, Servant Publications: Ann Arbor, MI, 1994.
  • Mitsch, R. and Brookside, L. Grieving the loss of someone you love, Servant Publications: Ann Arbor, MI, 1993.
  • Mitsch, R. and Brown, K. The Quest: A self discovery adventure for teens, Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN, 1993.
  • Mitsch, R., and Brown, K. God you take over, I can’t handle it, Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN, 1992.
  • Mitsch, R., Brown, K., and MacDonald, M. Setting new boundaries, Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN, 1991