Laurel grew up an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Letters with Distinction, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Laurel married Ward Hall in 1996 and taught middle school French at Westminster School. The two welcomed their first child, daughter Arden, in 1999. For six years the family re-located to Paris, TX and during that time welcomed their second born child, son Brink, in 2001. While they lived in Paris they were active members of Holy Cross Episcopal Church. The family moved back to Oklahoma City in 2004.
Laurel began her seminary journey at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2014. She graduated in 2018, having won the seminary’s Frederick Boechner Award for Excellence in Preaching. For the last eighteen months, Laurel has served the congregation of Connecting Point/The North Campus of Westminster Presbyterian Church as Pastoral Intern. Prior to that she served Westminster as Youth Intern, writing curriculum and teaching high school Sunday School, taking students on mission trips, and spearheading a college ministry.
Laurel also served Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 as Chaplain for several years. Laurel has been a certified yoga instructor since 2003 and earned her 500-hour master teacher certification with Holy Yoga in 2012. When she’s not at church, Laurel loves to cook, exercise, and cheer for the Thunder and the Sooners.
Brink, Laurel, Ward, and Arden Hall