Who Is The Barking Fox?

Al McCarn is a lifelong disciple of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), having made the decision at age 9 to accept by faith the gift of salvation offered by the grace of God through His Messiah.  Al has been a Bible scholar, writer, and teacher ever since, and has enjoyed fellowship with the Body of Christ in a number of congregational settings, serving as a deacon, adult Sunday School teacher, and youth minister. He has been a Bible scholar, writer, and teacher ever since. He is blessed to be the husband of Charlayne Barry McCarn, a pastor’s daughter and former professional educator. Together they have raised two daughters, Shannon-Rachael McCarn Pulley, a behavioral technician serving children with autism, and Kathryn McCarn Cohen, a gifted dancer and marketing professional.

The Lord began to call Al and his family into the Messianic Hebrew Roots movement in 2001 as part of the bridge He is building to bring together Jews and Christians based on their common faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and belief on His Word. (There’s a whole blog post about that story: “Not Satisfied with Half the Picture: My Quest for Truth Beyond Tradition.”) The desire of Al’s heart is to see the restoration of the Commonwealth of Israel through the uniting of Jews and and Ephraimites (non-Jewish Israelites of Gentile background) into the long-awaited One New Man (Ephesians 2:11-18). 

In childhood Al understood his calling as a warrior, and in 1983 embarked on a career of nearly 30 years as a Military Intelligence officer with the United States Army. Along the way he earned his undergraduate degree in Russian and German at Florida State University, and graduate degrees in International Relations at the University of Southern California, and in History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served in a variety of assignments in Europe, the Continental United States, and the Middle East. Al is a veteran of both wars with Iraq, having served with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91, and with the Multinational Force-Iraq in Baghdad in 2008-09. Nearly a third of his military career has been in Washington, DC, in assignments on the Army Staff at the Pentagon and with the National Intelligence Community. His final assignment was as the Defense Department’s Intelligence Liaison to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

After retiring from the Army in 2012, Al found opportunity to transition into ministry.  Since 2008 he has provided commentary on the Middle East and the U.S. military to inform the prayers of intercessors connected with the Saturday morning national conference call hosted by Prayer Surge NOW. In 2012-13 he served on staff with Healing Tree International, coordinating the ministry’s international work in the Middle East, and from 2013-15 served the public as a history interpreter at the Alamo, one of America’s most recognizable landmarks. In 2015 he published his first book, Give Me A Place Where I My Dwell:  An Ephraimite Affirmationand in that same year he became a broadcaster with Hebrew Nation RadioTogether with Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Younghe co-hosted The Remnant Road, Hebrew Nation’s Monday morning show, from 2015-2018. In March 2016, Al became the Executive Director of B’ney Yosef North America, an organization established in faith that this generation will see the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:19. Toward that end, he has become an advisor and active participant in the Nations’ 9th of Av and Root Source, two organizations dedicated to bringing together Christians and Jews to build relationships based on mutual respect and their shared devotion to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Al and Charlayne currently, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with their dog, Blue. They are members of Founded in Truth Fellowship, and partners with Fostering the Family foster and adoptive care ministry.

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© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2014-2018.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

3 thoughts on “Who Is The Barking Fox?”

  1. Sir,
    Thank you for your service to Our Commander in Chief first and foremost, and thank you as well for your service to your country and to the men and women you served along side of! I am a current reserve chaplain in the Royal Canadian Navy and I always want to show proper appreciation to the men and women who serve on the front lines- thank you very much and may YHWH continue to bless you and your family!
    Brandon (EsseRealis)


    1. Thank you, Brandon. Thanks also for your service as well to Canada and to our King. All my experiences with Canada’s military have been positive. You have a fine tradition on all branches of your service and it is an honor to call you comrades. Thanks especially for your sacrifice of love in ministry not only to Canada’s sailors, but to the Body of Messiah. I married a Chaplain’s daughter and thus have a great appreciation for what you do. May YHWH continue to grant you His shalom and wisdom in ever greater measure.


  2. Dear Brother Al,
    I thank you for all you have done to keep us all safe. God bless you Man of God. I thank you so much for the opportunity to share at the conference coming very soon. I find myself praying very diligently for a very important and wonderful move of our Sweet LORD. I have I think contacted all the other speakers and let them know my phone number. MY wife, Sheral and me are so looking forward to meeting you and what GOD has for all of us. Peace to you dear brother and if I may be of assistance please be free to call. I did see your message about making copies and I don’t have a fix for that but praying for the answer.

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