Formal Education

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

Psychology Major

Work Experience

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

  • Stewardship Kaleidoscope


  • Festival of Homiletics: Preaching at the Borders

  • Stewardship Kaleidoscope


  • 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.