Malcolm B. Yarnell III was born in upstate New York and grew up in numerous North and Central American subcultures. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, he served as a Bank Credit Review Officer then as a Chief Financial Officer for a Real Estate and Investment group. He was soon called as a Southern Baptist minister, holding church pastorates in Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. After receiving advanced degrees from Southwestern Seminary (MDivBL), Duke University (ThM), and the University of Oxford (DPhil), he has since served as a faculty member and administrator at both Southwestern Seminary in Texas and at Midwestern Seminary in Missouri.
Yarnell has authored both academic and popular books. His latest academic books include a biblical theology, Who Is the Holy Spirit? (B&H Academic, 2019); a treatise on philosophical theology, John Locke’s “Letters of Gold” (Oxford, 2017); a co-authored book on theological method, Trinitarian Theology (B&H Academic, 2019); and a co-authored historical theology, The Fourth Strand of the Reformation (Oxford, 2018). His most widely reviewed volumes are a biblical theology, God the Trinity (B&H Academic, 2016); a theological method, The Formation of Christian Doctrine (B&H Academic, 2007); and an historical monograph, Royal Priesthood in the English Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Yarnell has contributed scores of essays to academic journals and books published in America, England, France, Romania, and Nigeria, as well as in more popular venues. He was the longest-serving editor of the century-old Southwestern Journal of Theology and edited or co-edited four additional academic books. His next three monographs include a congregationalist ecclesiology co-edited with Bart Barber and a substantive work on the doctrine of Scripture co-authored with David S. Dockery, the latter of which will serve as the third in a projected seven-volume Systematic Theology.
Among Malcolm’s greatest joys are the 35 PhD students whom he has been granted the privilege to supervise. These women and men of excellence are leading in theological education throughout the United States and around the world through their writings, their teaching, and their academic and ecclesial administrative roles. Yarnell was the Director of The Oxford Studies Program of Southwestern Seminary for 15 years and still consults with the current director, one of his PhD supervisees.
While traveling to lecture in universities worldwide (including in recent years, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Kenya, Russia, Scotland, and the Ukraine), Yarnell is a member of research institutes and editorial boards in Bonn, Fort Worth, Nashville, New Orleans, Oxford, and Wake Forest. As an ecumenical Baptist theologian, he participated for ten years in the Evangelical-Catholic Theological Conversations in St. Paul, Minnesota; for two years as a leading member of the Baptist World Alliance-Anglican Communion Theological Conversations; and for five years as a trustee for the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Wroclaw, Poland.
Malcolm resides with his family in Benbrook. He is the Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Teaching Pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, Texas. His personal passion is to preach and teach through Scripture on a weekly basis in his local church, engaging in the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, listening to the questions that people have, and leading others to receive the gospel. (The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ is God, who became a human being, died on the cross to atone for our sins, and arose from the dead, in order that that those who trust in Him might have eternal life.) Malcolm also preaches the gospel regularly as a guest in churches and conferences, and has recently led conferences in the Cayman Islands, England, France, and Germany.