Dr. Farnell came to The Master's Seminary in 1997 from Southeastern Bible College, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he chaired the Department of Pastoral Theology and Biblical Studies from 1991-1994. In addition, he served as Academic Dean at Southeastern from 1994-1997. During this time in Alabama, he also concurrently pastored Brook Highland Community Church.
Earlier, while completing his Master's degrees, Dr. Farnell served as a teaching assistant in the areas of New Testament and Bible Exposition at Talbot Theological Seminary. He has also functioned as registrar and instructor of Biblical studies at a small Christian college in San Diego, California.
Dr. Farnell has pastored a number of churches and published extensively in books and periodicals, including "The Independence View of Gospel Origins" in Three Views on the Origins of the Synoptic Gospels (Kregel, 2002) and The Jesus Crisis (Kregel, 1998) that he co-edited and to which he contributed several articles. He continues an emphasis on historical-critical ideologies with on-going research into recent interpretive trends in Gospel research.
He currently pastors Grace Bible Church in Ventura County, CA.