Rev. Elaine Besthorn, Interim Pastor
Since October, 2016



Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University

Masters of Divinity, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Diploma in the Arts of Spiritual Direction, San Francisco Theological Seminary


A four-legged feline furry friend named OZ!

An older sister, a younger brother, a sister-in-law, a nephew, and in memory, an older brother and both my parents.

Friends who have become family to and for me.



Reading, theater movies, Broadway shows, travel, exploring new places, and I love walking through kitchen gadget stores, office supply stores, and The Container Store!  Attending any KSU event is just an added plus!

Favorites Sports Teams:

NCAA: KSU Wildcats, Nebraska Women's NCAA Volleyball Team

Professional: Green Bay Packers, Arizona Diamondbacks

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Collateral Beauty

(and a whole lot more!)


Favorite authors from the Christian/Spirituality aspect:

Parker Palmer, Walter Brueggemann, Richard Rohr, Krista Tippett, Diana Butler Bass, Carol Howard Merritt, Brian McLaren


Favorite authors in fiction:

Jeffery Archer, J.K. Rowling, P.D. James, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Leon Uris



"Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world."  Jean Houston


"Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times!"


Why I like St. Luke:
As an interim pastor, I have found the people of St. Luke to be delightful, faithful, full of laughter, and possess a forward thinking outlook in being a PCUSA church in Amarillo, Texas.