Who We Are
Ken & Barb
Ken and Barb Larson founded God’s Ancient Library, a collection of rare Torah scrolls from around the world. To date, they have given 52 Torahs to seminaries, museums, and other organizations for teaching, research, and public engagement.
Ken is the founder of Slumberland Furniture, a leading home furnishings retailer with 130 stores in 12 states. Ken is passionate about Christian ministry and giving back to the community. He has served as chairman of the board for the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as chairman of the Evangelical Free Church Ministers and Missionaries Fund.
Barb has led Bible studies for four decades. In addition, she has served as the head of women’s ministry, as a deacon, and with various youth groups in their church. She has traveled to Haiti seven times with 'Healing Haiti'. Barb grew up in a predominantly Jewish community in Chicago, and developed a love for Jewish culture and people at a young age.
Ken and Barb met at St. Paul Bible College in the early 1960s and have been married for more than 50 years. They are blessed with five children, 19 grandchildren, and a great grandchild. Today, the couple serves as board members of the Joshua Fund, which works closely with Jewish and Christian allies in Israel and the Middle East. They also serve on the board of Manuscript Research Group, a ministry exhibiting rare Biblical writings and scrolls.
Dr. Scott Carroll
Scott Carroll, PhD, organized one of the largest private biblical collections in North America in the 1990s. He then helped establish the core collection, initial exhibitions, and vision for what now forms the Museum of the Bible, in Washington, D.C. His training has focused on the ancient world, ancient manuscripts, and the history of the Bible. He has held academic posts at a variety of institutions including Gordon College and Baylor University. Carroll’s recent project is the INSPIRED Exhibit, an international traveling exhibition that features ancient manuscripts, scrolls and Bibles, rarely seen outside museums.