Laurel Johnston is appointed as program officer for stewardship

September 24, 2008

The Rev. Laurel Johnston, a former fundraiser and global activist for CARE, has been appointed Program Officer for Stewardship for the Episcopal Church. She will be based at the Church Center's regional office in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning October 13.


"Laurel brings to the position a unique combination of experience in fundraising and global activism, as well as a passion for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world," said the Rev. Suzanne E. Watson, director of the Evangelism and Congregational Life Center. "She understands the multifaceted nature of stewardship, and promises to catalyze innovative and creative conversations."

Johnston recently completed a two-year curacy at St. John the Baptist Church in Capitola, California, a parish in the Diocese of El Camino Real. While attending the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, she was an associate at St. Stephen's Church in Belvedere, California, and served as a class representative for Episcopal Relief and Development.

Prior to attending seminary, Johnston worked as a fundraiser and global activist for CARE, an international relief and development organization working in 167 countries in the developing world. Her work took her to India, East Africa, Bosnia and Central America. Before beginning work at CARE, Johnston was a major gifts officer and public relations officer for the American Red Cross, Los Angeles Chapter.

"I've had the privilege to work for organizations that transform lives," said Johnston. "I'm committed to shaping faith communities to be centers of transformation, places to live into our baptismal identities in faithful response to God's grace. The ministry of stewardship plumbs the depth of our spiritual lives. When we talk about stewardship we invite God's grace into the places that most of us struggle with—our time, our money and our purpose. Like Jacob, it is in the process of wrestling we find wholeness. I'm enthusiastic about shaping conversation, sharing best practices, and growing the ministry of stewardship in our Church."

Johnston holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Spanish from the University of California at Davis (1987) and a master of divinity degree from CDSP (2006).

After October 13, Johnston can be reached at