Helena Magazine

Meet Your Neighbors: Aaron and Heather Yarnell

Published 4:15 pm Thursday, December 21, 2023

Aaron and Heather Yarnell first met while living in the Birmingham area and earning degrees in their respective fields of study. During the first five years of their marriage, Aaron also honorably served in the United States Army Dental Corps, while Heather spent years working as a speech language pathologist in post-acute care settings.

Throughout this period, the Yarnell’s experienced life on the west and east coasts and even spent time overseas.

However, once their children were born, they both focused in on the importance of being close to family, which resulted in their move back to Alabama.

Aaron was soon offered a local dental position that brought them to Helena, and the family has called the city home ever since. In 2015, they were able to purchase their home in Hillsboro.

Living in Helena has allowed their children to experience the “delightful small-town quirks” that Helena has in droves.

Some of their favorite encounters include stopping by the Welcome Caboose to pick up a puzzle with Mr. Ron, having the Mayor as a rec-soccer coach and knowing the head librarian, Mr. Dan, will often greet the boys with new reads he knows might interest them. These are just some of the many small-town feeling relationships which set Helena apart and make it home. The Yarnells are grateful for these people that they are able to call friends and neighbors, all of whom never hesitate to contribute to a good cause.

Both Aaron and Heather have also chosen to partner with Agape of Central Alabama and serve their community as willing foster parents. They believe this to be an extension of their Christian faith and are continuing to experience growth within their family.

The Yarnell family attends Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster where both Aaron and Heather eagerly serve in different youth and children’s ministries. Noah and Benjamin attend Evangel Classical Christian School.