FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Yandall Woodfin, emeritus professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died peacefully shortly after midnight, May 28. Woodfin suffered a stroke nearly a week earlier.
“Yandall Woodfin was, like many a Christian philosopher, an unsung hero until the profundity of his words permeated entirely, often years later,” recalled Southwestern Seminary systematic theology professor Malcolm Yarnell, who was a student under Woodfin.
“During our seminary education, we aspiring preacher-boys did not at first wish to suffer through what ultimately became surprisingly stimulating lectures about ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, virtues, etc. However, Woodfin’s lectures and writings planted seeds regarding the relationship between the unchanging Word of God and the fallen world of human beings that still bear unexpected fruit in many ministries.”
Woodfin taught theology at Southwestern from 1960-67 and returned to the seminary in 1973 to teach philosophy of religion, retiring in 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Divinity (1952) and Doctor of Theology (1956) degrees from Southwestern as well as a B.A. from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to teaching at Southwestern, Woodfin taught at Baylor University and the International Baptist Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He was well-known for his 1980 book, With All Your Mind: A Christian Philosophy.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 30, 3 p.m., at Agape Baptist Church, 3900 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas, 76116.