Jess Jay McCall

Oregon Mennonite minister and counselor sued, dismissed, and credential removed

Jess Jay McCall (b. 1954) admitted to sexually abusing multiple women who came to him for support in his roles as a pastor and counselor. In 1991, McCall was suspended and then dismissed from his role as pastor at Peace Mennonite Church, in Portland, Oregon, “after a woman came to church officials and accused him of sexual misconduct.” The Pacific District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church subsequently withdrew McCall’s ministerial credentials.

In 1992, McCall was sued for sexual misconduct by three women he had been counseling. General Conference Mennonite Church, Pacific District Conference, and Peace Mennonite Church in Portland, Oregon, were among the defendants named in the case, which was settled out of court later that year.

In a statement submitted with a 2010 counseling license application, McCall reportedly “admitted to four (4) claims of malpractice and sexual misconduct made against [him] in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, state of Oregon, by four (4) former adult female clients, in the spring of 1992.”

In 2010, McCall started The Four Rivers Counseling in Portland, Oregon, where his work focused on “men battling with addictions (primarily sexual addiction), men who were abused as boys, and men who suffer from depression and anxiety, and marriages in crisis.” In “Jay’s Story,” dated 2015, McCall wrote:

I was romantically and sexually involved with many, many women during my marriage. I broke [my wife’s] heart many, many times over. I hurt and used these “other women.” I was a monster and a predator. And I was doing all of this while being a respected pastor and a highly admired Christian counselor. I abused the trust and power I was given but never deserved.

I stopped being a counselor and a pastor. I sought help and began my own counseling process as a man who was very, very broken. I was an addict. I was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. My brain was broken and dysfunctional. I was weak and avoided suffering. But God has been gracious to me.

In March 2010, McCall applied for and was denied a license to work as a counselor in the state of Washington. The Washington Department of Health explained that “The disciplining authority may deny an application for licensure or grant a license with conditions if the applicant … is not able to practice with reasonable skill and safety to consumers by reason of any mental or physical condition.”

On or about December 22, 1992, you stipulated to an Order filed in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for the County of Multnomah, in civil action number 9203-01696. Paragraph 1 of the Stipulated Order stated the following:

  1. Defendant Jess J. McCall shall not be involved in direct service or delivery of mental health counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric counseling or the like to or with females.

On or about June 19, 2009, an Order to Amend Prior Stipulated Order was entered in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for the County of Multnomah, in civil action number 9203-01696. Paragraph 1 of the original 1992 Stipulated Order was amended to the following:

  1. Defendant Jess J. McCall shall not be involved in direct service or delivery of mental health counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric counseling or the like to or with females alone without the presence of another male. Defendant Jess J. McCall is permitted to provide direct service and/or delivery of mental health counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric counseling or the like to couples consisting of a male and a female, when a male is present for the duration of such service/counseling session.

On June 8, 2010, you were served a Notice of Required Evaluation, instructing you to obtain a psycho-sexual evaluation examination from an approved evaluator within ninety (90) days of the notice. To date, no proof of an evaluation has been received by the Department of Health.

As of 2022, The Four Rivers Counseling website appears to no longer be active.

Church-related positions

  • Pastor, Peace Mennonite Church in Portland, Oregon, 1986–1991
  • Christian counselor, The Four Rivers Counseling, Portland, Oregon, 2010–?
  • Christian counselor, A New Life Christian Counseling

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