Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

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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.

Judy HennebergerDr. Judy Henneberger
Associate Chaplain to the University

A native of south Louisiana, Judy received her bachelors in General Studies with an emphasis in women's studies and psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a Masters of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, as well as a Doctor of Minstry from Perkins School of Theology. All summed up, her work in pastoral ministry spans over thirty years, including eleven as Campus Minster of the Catholic Community at SMU. She oversees the Resident Chaplains Programs. She and her husband, John, have four children and eight grandchildren.

Judy's wisdom: "We are born with everything we need to be and to become what God has called us to be."
Betty McHoneBetty McHone, MS, LPC
Assistant Chaplain and Coordinator of Religious Life

Betty, a native Texan, makes her home in Kaufman, Texas with husband Will. They are parents to two grown daughters, both SMU grads and six grandsons. Betty holds a BS in Psychology along with her MS in Counseling, both from SMU, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She oversees and convenes the Campus Ministry Council and coordinates SMU's Civil Rights Pilgrimage.  Betty also offers counseling and collaborates in pastoral initiatives.

Melissa DaleMelissa Dale
Administrative Assistant