2002-2010 Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
D.Min. course work, key courses include: The Missional Church,
Conversion and Transformation, Spiritual Disciplines for Mission Trip
Preparation, Preaching the Psalms, Narrative Theology in Biblical Exegesis
1988-1991 M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Concentration in Christian Education
David B. Watermulder Prize in Church Leadership
1983-1987 B.A. Davidson College, Davidson, NC
1996-2016 Associate Pastor, Mission & Evangelism, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
1991-1996 Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Port Huron, MI
1990-1991 Student Pastor, The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, NJ
1989-1990 Student Chaplain, Good Samaritan Hospice, Moorestown, NJ
1988-1989 Student Pastor, Long Valley Presbyterian Church, Long Valley, NJ
1987-1988 Interim Youth Director, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
Service to the Church and Community (last 10 years)
2018 Mo Ranch Women’s Conference, Worship Leader
2017-present, Mission Presbytery Stewardship Committee
2016 Dallas, CASA volunteer
2014-present, Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services, Board of Trustees
2013-present, CISV Board Member and general volunteer
2013 & 2014, Mo Ranch, ART @ MO Art Instructor & Worship Leader
2010-2013, Interfaith Housing Coalition, Board of Directors
2008-2013, Grace Presbytery, Committee on Preparation for Ministry
2008-2012, Grace Presbytery, Mission Covenant Group with Iglesia Emmanuel
2007-present, Volunteer in local elementary, middle, and high schools
Continuing Education (last 10 years)
Austin Cohort, Macedonian Ministry
Festival of Homiletics: Preaching and the Political World
Festival of Homiletics: Preaching at the Borders
Dallas County (TX), CASA Training, Dallas, TX
Davidson Centre for the Professions, Davidson, NC: Discernment Track for Clergy
PC(USA) NEXT Conference, Atlanta, GA
Christian Leadership Conference, Montreat Conference Center “Neighbor: Being Christian in a Multi-faith World”
TDF Behavioral Styles Tool Workshop
Susan Beaumont & Associates, Church Consultant (formerly of Alban Institute), “Launching a New Beginning”
Festival of Homiletics: Preaching with Holy Imagination
Christian Leadership Conference, Montreat Conference Center, “Nones: Engaging the Spiritually Unaffiliated”
Alban Institute courses: “Preparing for New Leadership”, “Inside the Large Congregation”, “Managing Transitions”
Alban Institute courses: “Leading Adaptive Change”, “Staffing and Supervision”, “Ready, Set, Change”
PC(USA) NEXT Conference, Dallas, TX
Sabbatical on Spirituality and the Arts: “Art Journaling Retreat”, Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame, CA, “Watercolor Seminar”, Mo Ranch, Hunt Texas, Weekly Art Classes, Bi-weekly Spiritual Direction
CREDO Retreat for Mid-Career Pastors sponsored by PC(USA) Board of Pensions
Elizabeth Boone McLean
Pastor/Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church of Austin, TX
All Presbyterian pastors who are seeking to lead a new church must “describe the ministry setting to which you believe God is calling you.” In 2016, I answered the question this way and each day, I give thanks that First Presbyterian Church of Austin is a congregation where this rings true.
God is calling me to lead a church where:
We are all in ministry together:
teaching elders and ruling elders, baptized faithful and baptized questioning,
seekers exploring and becoming.
We are committed to the PCUSA and our theological tradition
where we are reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God.
We gather to worship joyfully and deeply,
inspired through the Word read and proclaimed and sung and heard and lived.
We grow together in God’s Word,
understanding it afresh as it intersects the words of our generation, allowing it to challenge us to faithful new ways of being and doing.
We are open-hearted and open-minded,
celebrating and embracing the diversity of God’s children.
We are sent out into God’s good world to break human-erected barriers
and serve side by side with the marginalized and forgotten and overlooked.
We are faithful and joyful stewards
of the people and gifts and talents and ministry God has entrusted to us.
We enjoy being together as a family of faith,
caring for each other, treasuring all ages, inviting others to come experience God’s love and grace with us.
We trust God’s steadfast love and presence
to provide for us and lead us where we need to go, no matter what.
God is calling me to lead a church
where this vision already exists AND where this vision beckons to become real.