Laurel Johnston

The Rev. Laurel Johnston has served in the field of annual giving, major gifts and capital campaigns for over three decades.  She is passionate about funding mission critical to the well-being of communities both locally and globally. Recently, Laurel served as the Alumni Relations and Major Gifts Officer for Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), an Episcopal seminary affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.  From 2008 to 2014, she was the National Stewardship Program Officer for The Episcopal Church, serving Episcopal churches in one hundred and ten dioceses in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Taiwan and South America. As an ordained priest, she has served congregations in Belvedere, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, California. Prior to ordained ministry, Laurel worked for the American Red Cross in Los Angeles and CARE, the international relief and development organization, in San Francisco. In teaching and preaching about stewardship, Laurel developed several resources including Companions on the Way, an adult formation series with Walter Brueggemann, on giving, generosity and discipleship as well as the Stewardship Narrative Series, an annual six-week campaign designed to support congregations in their annual giving campaign.

Laurel earned her Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific and her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from U.C. Davis.

Laurel lives in Thousand Oaks, California with her daughter. She enjoys hiking, backpacking and adventure travel.

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