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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.

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.


Tyler Kim    Sungman (Tyler) Kim, M.Ed

   Student Life 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.