Prior to serving in that role, Rankin and his wife, Bobbye, were international missionaries for 23 years. Rankin first was appointed as missionary to Indonesia, where he was a general evangelist in East Java and Surabaya. He also served as an associate to the area director for South and Southeast Asia, administrator for Southern Baptist mission work in India, and area director for Southern Asia and Pacific.
He currently works as an adjunct professor of missions in MC’s department of Christian studies. He is designing and developing six new courses for a missions minor for students, MC reported. “[Rankin’s] life’s work sending out missionaries all over the world for the SBC and the things that he does to support and encourage Mississippi College students are invaluable,” said Jim Turcotte, MC executive director of alumni affairs.