Malcolm and Karen Yarnell of Benbrook, Texas serve their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as teachers and authors. They are blessed to be the earthly parents of such virtuous young men as Truett, Matthew, and Graham, and of such gracious young women as Kathryn and Elizabeth and their daughters-in-law, Ashlyn and Victoria.
Malcolm serves the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention as Research Professor of Theology at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, Texas, as Teaching Pastor. Malcolm’s most recent books are a biblical theology, Who Is the Holy Spirit? (Nashville, 2019), and a philosophical theology, John Locke’s “Letters of Gold” (Oxford, 2017). His most widely reviewed volumes include a biblical theology, God the Trinity (Nashville, 2016); an historical theology, Royal Priesthood in the English Reformation (Oxford, 2014); and a theological method, The Formation of Christian Doctrine (Nashville, 2007).
While receiving advanced degrees in theology, history, and Scripture from Oxford University (2000), Duke University (1996), and Southwestern Seminary (1991), Dr. Yarnell has written or edited another 21 volumes and has published over 150 other academic and popular essays. The 45 PhD students he mentors serve as university and church leaders not only in the United States but also in Germany, Ukraine, China, Korea, Nigeria, and the Middle East.
Karen serves Southwestern Seminary as Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies, focusing upon courses in the Old Testament and the New Testament as well as the introductory wife of the minister course. She is a popular speaker for women’s conferences and has contributed essays on the Trinity, on women as teachers, and on family Bible teaching.
Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Divinity degree from the Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She also studied applied theology at the University of Oxford, England, and is currently working upon her Master of Theology, focusing upon the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.