The Rev. Neelak Serawlook Tjernagel (1906-1989) graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Thiensville, Wisconsin, and earned his MA and PhD degrees at the State University of Iowa. Research grants provided for fourteen months of post-doctorate studies at the British Library in London.
After several years in the parish minstry Tjernagel served as a high school principal and college professor. He is also the author of many publications, including Martin Luther and the Jewish People, The Lutheran Confessions: A Harmony and Resource Book, and The Reformation Era.