The Reverend Dr. Stephen Rankin has been involved in higher education for nearly 20 years, as a professor, and a campus minister at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and now, as Chaplain to the SMU Community.
Prior to this work, he served as pastor in three United Methodist congregations. He and his wife, Joni, provided leadership for an expatriate congregation in Rome, Italy.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Steve received his Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, a Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Joint Program in Religious Studies at Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an Elder in the North Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
As Chaplain, Steve’s passion is helping students, professors and campus ministers engage in thoughtful practices that integrate faith and learning. He regularly blogs at http://steverankin.wordpress.com.
He has recently published a book, titled, Aiming at Maturity: the Goal of the Christian Life (Wipf and Stock).
Steve and Joni have four grown children and one grandson and one granddaughter.