Laura Mendenhall served four congregations as pastor before becoming president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 2000. As president, much of her time was spent raising money for theological education, and this became her favorite part of the job. When she retired from the seminary in 2009, she worked as a philanthropist with the Texas Presbyterian Foundation, where her interest in generosity grew. She served one more congregation before retiring in 2014. She continues to enjoy being engaged in living generosity, grateful for its effect on the future of theological education as well as the gift it bestows in the lives of individuals. Mendenhall received an MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, an MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.