Carol was born in Hollywood, California, May 19, 1937. She and her two older sisters grew up in Los Angeles. The family moved to the island of Guam when Carol was 10 years old. After graduating from high school in Guam, she left to attend UCLA in California, returning to Guam during the summer months.
Carol came to Christ through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and the prayers of her Gamma Phi Beta Sorority sisters. (Bill and Vonette Bright were just starting the ministry of CCC.) It was at UCLA that she met basketball player Jack L. Arnold. After their marriage in August, 1957, they moved to Dallas, TX where Jack attended Dallas Theological Seminary.
As a pastor’s wife and homemaker, she with Jack served churches in California, Virginia, South Carolina and Orlando, raising four sons: Mark, Brian, David (“Arny”) and Dean.
Carol has served as member of the Women’s Advisory Sub-Committee (representing the Southeast) for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Women in the Church (WIC), later representing Florida. She has been a WIC Advisor on the Covenant College Board of Directors and past WIC Advisor to the Board of Mission to North America (MNA) of the PCA. She was the only female member of the Covenant College Presidential Search Committee whch recruited new president, Niel Nielson. She is a retreat and conference speaker throughout the PCA as well as at conferences around the world.
In 1997, Carol and her husband, Jack, began Equipping Pastors International (EPI). Carol has traveled to all six continents, speaking at conferences and seminars to both pastors and their wives, as well as to lay women of all denominations.
She has been a guest speaker at Reformed Theological Seminary, Knox Seminary, New Geneva Seminary, Regent University School of Divinity, Bible Institute of South Africa, Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary and Nairobi International School of Theology, teaching on the subjects, “The Pastor’s Wife” and “Attacks of Men in the Ministry from a Wife’s Perspective” among other topics. She was the keynote speaker for a National Women’s Conference in Kampala, Uganda.
After Jack’s death in January 2005, she has continued as a full-time missionary with EPI.
Carol enjoys spending time with her 12 grandchildren (ages 10-22), needlework, reading, cooking, and traveling.