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The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben is associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, TX

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The Rev. Elaine Dreeben

Presbyterian Church (USA)

First Presbyterian Church, Kerrville, TX

Elaine Dreeben serves as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, TX. Elaine received a B.A. in religion and psychology from Schreiner University and her M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. A native Texan, she has served as Lilly Pastoral Resident at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX and as Pastor of Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church in Canyon Lake, TX.

Elaine's call to ministry centers heavily on building and nurturing community, within and beyond the walls of the church building. Her ministry has taken many forms from pub theology and coffee shop bible studies to facilitating virtual and grassroots efforts to foster human connection. Elaine has been featured as the keynote speaker at the Mo Ranch College Connection, serves on the Mission Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and is active in ecumenical organizations including the Young Clergy Women's Project and UNCO. Her writing has been featured in Fidelia's Sisters and Partners in Prayer (Chalice Press). 

Perhaps Elaine's biggest "experiment" in Christian community has been the growth and nurture of her family-husband, Sam, two young children, and their dog, John Knox. 


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The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben

Elaine Dreeben: A Homegoing Song

Psalm 122

1st Sunday of Advent - Year A

November 27, 2016

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)


Advent is a time of new beginnings. A beginning to the church year, a beginning of the Holiday Season, a beginning of the end of the calendar year--what were my resolutions again? This year I wanted to honor my body more: eating better, exercising, reducing stress, and solidifying habits for a healthy future. One thing I learned about was music: I need music. If I'm going to walk every day, or spend time in the kitchen preparing healthy foods, or shifting my mind away from distractions and into the present, it requires a soundtrack. "Epic Movie Soundtracks" are my favorite stations for writing days--the work I'm doing takes on a whole new level of importance when the theme from Star Wars is playing in the background. When I'm exercising, 80's pop gets my heart rate going.

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The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben

Elaine Dreeben: The Reign of Re-memberance

Luke 1:68-79; Luke 23:33-43

Reign of Christ - Year C

November 20, 2016

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)


A parent's hope for their child is that he or she will find a place in the world, a place to belong. Sometimes we communicate that through expectations that our son or daughter will be this or that, marry a person who holds a particular set of values or achievements. When life is brought into the world, it comes with all kinds of spoken or unspoken expectations.

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