Our Story

History, Mission, Affiliates & Board


the seed
& the sowers

Gazing out of their church office window to a professional arts building across the way, two young pastors imagined a place where people could go to find healing and hope in a loving, professional atmosphere.  The two pastors, Dr. William Enright and Dr. Charles Alcorn, were serving the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn at the time. Their decision to pursue the idea in earnest came with their congregation’s blessing and eventual formation of a “Living Mission Fund.”  This fund and a subsequent endowment led to the Center’s start-up.  Seven other local churches and parishes soon joined in support.

So in the fall of 1976, with a few pieces of hand-me-down furniture and a the use of an office in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center officially opened its doors. Dr. Charles Alcorn served as the Center’s first executive director.

& maturity
As our staff grew and the number of clients we served increased, additional office space became a critical need.  Our search was ended in 1992 when the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton graciously offered to house our offices in their unused Manse. The Manse was a lovely, home-like setting that fit us well.  During our seven years there, we expanded our educational services with unique and creative programing while also growing our clinical services to include internships for student therapists.  Our affiliations with local churches also grew to include more than 25 Catholic and Protestant congregations. In 1999, we learned that the Manse was scheduled to be raised as part of a major expansion project by the church, generating the need once more for new office space.  When no suitable space materialized, the board and staff began to consider the only option left – to purchase a commercial property. With the aid and support of our affiliate churches and members of the community, we were able to purchase space in the Mona Kea office complex. In the spring of 1999, the Center moved into its first permanent home.
deeply rooted

firmly established

Now, years later, we look back on our relocation “crisis” as the blessing that helped secure our future. It was during this time that the Center’s endowment was established through the DuPage Community Foundation, which continues to strengthen the Center and secure its future.

In 2006, after 30 years at the helm, Dr. Alcorn stepped down from his role as Executive Director to take up the challenge of growing the Center’s endowment. Dr. James Natter, who served as the Center’s Associate Director since 1992, was elected to the position of Executive Director and continues to serve in that capacity today.


Our Mission:

Founded 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 services. 

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11

Our Affiliates

        Faith Lutheran Church
41 N. Park Blvd – Glen Ellyn

    First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
550 N. Main St – Glen Ellyn

    Gary United Methodist Church
224 N. Main St – Wheaton

   Grace Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn
493 Forest Ave – Glen Ellyn

   Hope Presbyterian Church
1771 S. Wiesbrook Rd – Wheaton

    St. Matthew United Church of Christ
1420 Gables Blvd – Wheaton

St. Paul Lutheran Church
515 S. Wheaton Ave – Wheaton

First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn
535 Forest Ave – Glen Ellyn

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
715 Carlton – Wheaton

Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church
277 Hawthorne – Glen Ellyn

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
802 E. Geneva Rd – Wheaton

Peace Lutheran Church
21W500 Butterfield Rd – Lombard

St. Michael Catholic Church
310 S. Wheaton Ave – Wheaton

St. Petronille Parish
420 Glenwood – Glen Ellyn

Trinity Episcopal Church
130 N. West St – Wheaton

Our Associates

Calvary Episcopal
105 West Maple – Lombard

    Community Presbyterian Church
1111 E. Madison – Lombard

   St. Isidore Parish
427 W. Army Trail Rd – Bloomingdale

   St. John Lutheran Church
410 N. Cross St – Wheaton

 St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
23W080 Butterfield Rd – Glen Ellyn

St. Paul Lutheran Church
515 S. Wheaton Ave – Wheaton

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
331 W. George St – West Chicago

Christ Community Church
602 E. Geneva Rd – Wheaton

Corpus Christi Catholic Church
1415 Lies Road – Carol Stream

St. Daniel the Prophet Church
101 West Loop Rd – Wheaton

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church
480 S. Park Blvd – Glen Ellyn

St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
0S233 Church St – Winfield

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
393 Main St – Glen Ellyn

St. Petronille Parish
420 Glenwood – Glen Ellyn

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
331 W. George St – West Chicago

Our Board:

Maria Fues

St. Petronille Catholic Church

Maria has been a parishioner of St. Petronille in Glen Ellyn since 2000.  She has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Loyola Marymount University.  She worked for 17 years for Nalco Company, a specialty chemical company, in the roles of sales, marketing and customer satisfaction.  She currently enjoys volunteering for many school activities through the parent organization and athletics at St. Petronille and is a Girl Scout troop leader.  She was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Southern California.  She is fluent in Spanish and has a strong knowledge of the French language.

Roger Lautz

Glen Ellyn Evangelical Church Roger Lautz was born and raised in Japan where his parents served for many years as missionaries following WWII.  Following high school in Japan and college in the US, Roger has spent most of the last 42 years in the Wheaton, Illinois area. He has been in homebuilding since 1979 – a profession he pursued following an interesting summer as a construction intern. Roger and his wife have been active members of the Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois since 1983.

Michelle Matzke

Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton  Michelle represents Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton where she and her husband have been members since 2011. Michelle serves on the Gary UMC Children’s Ministry Team and leads the preK-K Sunday School class. She also helps out with the Youth Ministry Team her husband serves. Michelle is currently a senior project assistant for Training Systems, and Services Skill Center at UOP, a Honeywell Company. She has more 15 years of document control, learning management systems, account management, training and technical writing. She earned a BA in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago and a MA in Secondary Education from National-Louis University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, bicycling, and making fun memories with her family.

Jane Soderberg

First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn  Jane represents First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn.  She re-joined the Board in February of 2012; she had served for two years several years ago and when she saw a notice in her church bulletin that a representative from First Pres Glen Ellyn was needed on the Board she jumped back in!  Jane is a CPA and has had a varied career path over the years.  She was a stay-at-home mom for 11 years, worked part-time for the next 10 years and has been back in the full-time work force for the past eight.  She is very thankful to be able to work from her home with her current position, enabling her to enjoy long walks with her dog and the flexibility to spend time with her father and her brother and his family in Michigan, her home state.

Donna Lapetina, Chair

First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn Donna has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton for many years where she has served as the Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee and member of a Pastoral Nominating Committee.  Donna is currently a Human Resources Manager at BP, and has previously worked as a consultant and held other senior human resource positions at other Fortune 500 companies.   She holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Iowa.  She enjoys assisting others, particularly disadvantaged people, and loves to garden, travel and spend time outdoors.

Phyllis Ludwig, Secretary

First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn Phyllis Ludwig was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.  She graduated from Muskingum with a BS in Home Economics/Education and Ohio State University with a MA in Special Education.  Phyllis has been a public school teacher, grades K through 8; an editor for a Christian publisher; a Presbyterian Christian Education Director and an adult ESL instructor.  One of her favorite hobbies is teaching people to sew but she is currently writing stories, poems and memories for her family. Phyllis considers herself a life-long teacher and is passionate about her faith.  She delights in sharing her God-given personal gifts, economic blessing and psychological insights with others.  Participating on the CDPCC Board is a great avenue for reaching out and supporting the multi-faceted needs of those in her community.  She is very pleased to be called to join in furthering the ministry and mission of the CDPCC.

Katie Retzner

St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton Katie is a Wheaton resident and a parishioner at St. Michael Church.  Katie has an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College, and a M.S.W. from Aurora University. She taught public speaking and writing for eight years at Benedictine University and then worked as a school social worker for six years for District 200. Katie is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and currently works for Meier Clinics in Wheaton. Katie is involved in pastoral care, and with her husband, is a mentor through Bridge Communities. Her interests include travel, reading and theater.

Mickey Wendorf, Vice Chair & Treasurer

Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn Mickey has been a member of Faith for 23 years.  She is active in the music program there and also serves as an assisting minister and a Stephen Ministry leader. As a CPA, Mickey taught accounting for several years at College of DuPage and retired after 15 years at DePaul University in 2012.  She also worked for Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business as Director of Financial Operations and as Media Director, lending credibility to her claim of being “whole brained.” Mickey also serves on the board of the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park.