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Kelvin Mutter

Associate Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Care

Kelvin teaches courses in counselling and spiritual care and has taught at MDC since the Winter of 2006. Kelvin’s academic and clinical training is in the fields of Counselling & Spiritual Care, and Marriage & Family Therapy. Kelvin’s teaching is informed by his experience as both a pastor and a psychotherapist. His pastoral experience includes two full-time pastorates and three interim ministries in churches affiliated the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. Between 1991 and the winter of 2022, Kelvin’s clinical work included counselling individuals, couples & families as well as the clinical supervision of graduate students. Kelvin’s current work is focused on teaching, clinical supervision, as well as research and writing.

Kelvin is married to Jan and they have three adult children.

Research Interests:

Kelvin’s research interests include:

  • The personal and professional formation of professional formation of psychotherapists and spiritual care providers.
  • The interface of faith, spirituality and theology and its relationship to ethical practice. with the practice of spiritual care and counselling. This research is less theoretical than it is focused on the in-the-moment use of religious and spiritual interventions in counselling.
  • The clinical engagement of a client’s implicit and explicit spirituality in the work of counselling a spiritual care.

Recent Lectures and Conference Papers:

K. F. Mutter. “The Role of Children’s Spirituality in Countering Night Terrors.” Children’s Spirituality Summit, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN. June 27 – 29, 2018.

K. F. Mutter. “Use of Practice-Led Research in the Practice of Psychotherapy.” 61st Annual Conference, Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Chicago, IL. March 30 – April 1, 2017.

K. F. Mutter. “Ephesians 5:21–33 as Christian Alternative Discourse.” ETS Ontario/Quebec Region, 4th Annual Meeting. Cambridge, ON. Oct 1, 2016.

K. F. Mutter. “God and Family: A Theological Framework for Ministering to Families.” Evangelical Theological Society, 67th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Nov 2015.

K. F. Mutter. “Spirituality, Religiosity and the Practice of Mindfulness.” Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 18th Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON. May 2013.

K. F. Mutter & C. Hanenberg. “The Role of Case Notes in Clinical Training and Professional Formation.” 6th Social Work Research Forum, Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work, Kitchener, ON. Jan 28, 2013.

K. F. Mutter. “Seminary-Based Pastoral Counseling Education For Ministry Generalists: An Evaluation of Pedagogy.” Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 17th Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON. May 2010.

Recent Publications:

Mutter, K. F. (2020). Working with Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Diversity. In Mohammed Taher (ed.), Multifaith Perspectives in Canadian Spiritual & Religious Care, p. 383–391. North York, ON: Canadian Multifaith Federation.

Mutter, K. F. (2019). Re-Storying Children’s Nightmares and Night Terrors. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 2, 52–63.

Mutter, K. F. (2018). A supervisor’s journey through middle earth. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 72(3), 217–218.

Mutter, K. F. (2018). Ephesians 5:21–33 as Christian alternative discourse. Trinity Journal, 39NS, 3-20.

Mutter, K. F. (2016). Marriage. In David A. Leeming (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd edition. Springer. Online. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200083-1

Mutter, K. F. (2016). Brief Counseling. In David A. Leeming (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd edition. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200,038-1

Mutter, K. F. (2016). Christian Fundamentalist Pastoral Care. In David A. Leeming (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd edition. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200,027-1

Mutter, K. F. (2015). Mindfulness or The Peace of Christ. Christian Psychology Around The World, 7, 72-82. http://emcapp.ignis.de/pdf/journal_7_web.pdf

Mutter, K.F. (2014). Case notes in the work of spiritual care and counselling. Counselling et Spiritualité / Counselling and Spirituality, 33(1), 71-92.

Mutter, K.F. (2014). The practice of mindfulness in spiritual care. In Thomas St. James O’Connor (Ed.), Kris Lund (Ed.), & Patricia Berensden (Ed.). Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul, p. 131-138. Waterloo, ON: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

Mutter, K.F. (2013). Pastoral and Christian marital therapies: Complementary and divergent traditions. Christian Psychology, 7(1), 51-74. http://christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/Christian-Ps…

Mutter, K. F. (2012). Apologies and the art of saying “I am Sorry”. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31(4), 345-353.

Mutter, K. F. (2012). The practice of integration with postmodern therapies: Exploring the use of Ingram’s (1995) model with Emotionally Focused Therapy. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 40(3), 179-187.

Mutter, K. F. (2012). Seminary-based pastoral counseling education for ministry generalists: A preliminary assessment of pedagogical methods. Biblical Higher Education Journal, 12, 67-80.

Mutter, K. F. (2011). Confronting abuse: Fostering a sense of healthy responsibility in the abuser. In Andrew Schmutzer (Ed.). The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, p. 262-276. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

Mutter, K.F., Ande, T., & Hugo, C.J. (2010). Christians’ perceptions of hypothetical case studies of five pastoral approaches to marital therapy: An exploratory study. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29(4), 326-333.



Tyndale University College
North York, ON
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Waterloo, ON
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Waterloo, ON
University of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Toronto, ON
Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Supervisor- Educator (PCE)
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
Oakville, ON
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (RMFT) and RMFT Supervisor
Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Clinical Fellow & Approved Supervisor
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Alexandria, VA

Current Course List

Course Title Instructors Term Year/Month Days
Marriage and Family Therapy Kelvin Mutter Winter 2024 Tues
Marriage and Family Therapy (DPT, MA, PhD) Kelvin Mutter Winter 2024 Tues
Professional Ethics Kelvin Mutter Spring 2024