Rankin to lead Muslim studies at CIU
Baptist Press
August 10, 2011

Rankin to lead Muslim studies at CIU

Rankin to lead Muslim studies at CIU
Baptist Press
August 10, 2011


— Jerry Rankin, retired president of the Southern Baptist International Mission

Board (IMB), has agreed to direct the Zwemer

Center for Muslim Studies at

Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia,


Rankin succeeds current director Warren Larson, who will retire in 2012 but

continue to serve in a teaching and writing role, according to a new release

from the university.

Rankin retired July

31, 2010, after 17 years as International Mission Board president

and 23 years of missionary service in Asia, initially in

Indonesia, the

largest Muslim country in the world.

Rankin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the area of Muslim

studies, said Mike Barnett, associate dean of CIU’s College

of Intercultural Studies.

“Dr. Rankin’s decades of service with the IMB are invaluable as we look to the

future at the Zwemer Center

and consider new venues for Muslim studies both inside CIU’s College

of Intercultural Studies and

assisting the church outside the university,” Barnett said.

The Zwemer Center

offers a curriculum on Muslim Studies, including a master’s degree, and

sponsors research, seminars, dialogues and training conferences. Rankin will

continue to live at his home in Mississippi

while giving direction to planning, administration and implementation of the

Columbia International program, the news release noted.

Columbia International University is a private, Christian, multidenominational

institution with 1,200 students from 40-plus states and 30-plus countries

overseas enrolled in CIU’s five colleges, including the College of

Intercultural Studies.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor Mark Kelly.)