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Stephen RankinRev. Dr. Stephen Rankin
Chaplain and Minister to the University
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The Reverend Dr. Stephen Rankin has been involved in higher education for more than 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

He is the author of Aiming at Maturity: the Goal of the Christian Life (Wipf and Stock).

Steve and Joni have four grown children and four grandchildren.


Rev. Dr. Veronica Davis
Associate Chaplain

The Reverend Dr. Veronica (Roni) Davis received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from SMU.

She completed her B.A in Political Science and her B.B.A  in Business Management in 2010 and received

her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology in 2015.

She recently finished her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Texas at Arlington in the summer of 2019.

Veronica has been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, USA since 2017.

In her free time, she enjoys walking her dogs, having coffee with friends, and coloring in her adult coloring books.


Tyler Kim   Sungman (Tyler) Kim, M.Ed
  Program Coordinator

  Sungman (Tyler) Kim, received his M.Ed in Higher Education Policy and Leadership in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human    Development in the summer of 2018 and is excited to be able to continue to work in the lovely campus of SMU! Tyler grew up as a missionary kid living    in the Philippines for over 18 years and went back to his home country South Korea to get his bachelors degree in political science from Sogang       University. Personally, Tyler identifies as a, 'Third Culture Kid,' and is passionate about reaching out to other TCKs.