Former IMB President to Teach at WCU

Dr. Jerry Rankin, former president of the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, will teach REL 310 Principles and Practice of Missions, at William Carey University during the Spring Trimester. The Tuesday evening credit class, which begins February 21 and ends May 1, will meet in Lawrence Hall, Room 101 from 6-9:45 p.m. Church leaders and members of any denomination will be allowed to take the course on a non-credit basis for a $50 fee with the approval of their pastor. A maximum of 20 slots are available at this rate. The textbooks “Empowering Kingdom Growth: To the Ends of the Earth, Churches fulfilling the Great Commission,” and “Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today” will be used in the class.
Dr. Rankin will also lead an “Impact your World” non-credit interactive study course at WCU for pastors, church personnel, and laity sponsored by WCU’s department of church relations and Baptist Student Union, which will meet on Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Kresge Room, February 29 – April 25. The course is $35, or $25 each if three or more persons register together. It is a non-credit course.
Rankin retired from IMB after a 17-year tenure. He and his wife Bobbye began their mission experience in Indonesia in 1970 and served overseas for more than 23 years before Rankin was elected the IMB’s 10th president in 1993. Rankin travels the globe preaching, teaching, and encouraging others to answer God’s call to missions.
A native of Tupelo, Rankin currently lives in Clinton. He earned a bachelor of arts degree and holds an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Mississippi College, a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctor of missions degree from California Baptist University.
He has authored or co-authored several books, including “A Journey of Faith and Sacrifice: Retracing the Steps of Lottie Moon”; “Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for God’s Glory”; “Lives Given, Not Taken”; and “Empowering Kingdom Growth to the Ends of the Earth: Churches Fulfilling the Great Commission.”
For more information about the Principles and Practice of Missions class, call 601-318-6115. Further information about the “Impact your World” course may be obtained by contacting Pam Shearer at 601-318-6107 or