The Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center was born out
of the vision of two young pastors many years ago, as they gazed out of their
church office window to a professional arts building across the
way and imagined a place where people could go to find healing
and hope in an atmosphere of love and understanding. The two
pastors, Dr. William Enright and Dr. Charles Alcorn, were serving
the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn at the time. They
decided the vision had merit and presented it to their congregation
The idea was embraced with enthusiasm by the members of First
Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, whose establishment of a "Living
Mission Fund" and subsequent endowment led to the Center's
start-up. Other churches recognized the importance of the undertaking
and joined in support.
So, with a few pieces of hand-me-down furniture and a one-room
office in the basement of the First Congregational Church of
Glen Ellyn, Dr. William Enright and Dr. Charles Alcorn officially opened and
dedicated the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center in the Fall of 1976.
Dr. Alcorn became the Center's first Executive Director.
CDPCC was founded on the principle that affordable mental
health in a Christian setting could be provided to the community
by utilizing church space not used during the week. Since its
inception, the Center has valued and honored this principle while
thriving in two different church settings. As a result, we have
been able to contain cost and offer high quality, professional
counseling and educational services to the many Catholic and
Protestant parishioners of our affiliate
churches, as well as to the general public in local communities.
While we have held fast to the principle of relying on unused
church space to contain cost over the years, sometimes circumstances
dictate change. In 1999, we were faced with the need
to relocate after calling the lovely Manse on the grounds of
First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton our home for more than seven
years. The church had undertaken a building campaign to expand
their facilities which, unfortunately, included razing the
Manse. When alternative church space was not found, we realized
the time had come to let go of this well-serving principle and
embrace another. After prayerful consideration, the Center purchased
and moved into its own office space in April, 1999.
The purchase of our own office space required a shift in
our vision, but our mission remains the same:
in Christian traditions, Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center welcomes
everyone, inspires hope and facilitates healing. Skilled, licensed
therapists apply the perspectives of psychology, physiology, spirituality,
and culture in providing integrated therapeutic care and educational
Now, years later, we are able to see that our relocation
"crisis" has helped to secure our future. The offices have also allowed
for growth and expansion of services.
In 2006, after 30 years at the helm, Dr. Alcorn stepped
down from his role as Director to take up the challenge of growing the
Center's endowment. Dr. James A. Natter, who has served the Center as
Associate Director and Director of Counseling Services since 1992, was elected
by the board of directors to the position of Executive Director at that time.
We look forward to the possibility of serving you. Please
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