Dr. Wes Rankin came to the Northwest Indiana Baptist Association in June of 2016. Dr. Rankin was born in Lenoir City, Tennessee but grew up on the Cumberland Plateau in Crossville, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984. Wes is a 1995 graduate of Mid- America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, where he received his Masters of Divinity degree. In addition, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in January 2015 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. He has served as pastor in churches in Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as serving as a missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Other than Jesus, the most important person in Wes’ life is his beautiful wife of 28 years, Paula. Paula and Wes have two daughters, Allison (24) and Kristin (22). Wes enjoys reading good books, beach vacations, coffee shops, riding his motorcycle, running marathons, and a variety of sports - but especially SEC football. Wes’ passion is leading churches to be on mission by following the mandate of the Great Commission of “making disciples.” He desires to live and minster by the Apostle Paul’s admonition, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1Cor. 2:2).
Zelma was born and raised in Texas. She attended grade school, middle school and high school in Natalia, TX and attended San Antonio College. In the summer of 1969, the family planned a vacation to Hammond, IN to visit family. Unbeknown to Zelma, her Dad had applied for a job transfer from Kelly Field Air Base in San Antonio to O’Hare Air Base and was granted a transfer and just like that, the family was uprooted and they became Hoosiers (Texans at heart). Her father worked as a Federal Protective Officer till he retired.
The family became members of Woodmar Baptist Church in Hammond where she met her husband, Jim and married in June of 1973. Jim and Zelma have been married for 45 years and have 2 wonderful children, James Michael (Laura) and Elizabeth Ann (Rick) who are now married and have blessed them with 6 wonderful grandchildren.
Zelma is the Administrative Assistant for the Northwest Indiana Baptist Association. She came to this position in October of 1999. She has had the privilege of serving three wonderful Directors of Mission: Bro. Bill Gibbs, Dr. Warren Haynes and now Dr. Wes Rankin. Zelma has served this association going on 20 years.
Zelma enjoys spending time with her grandbabies, Scrapbooking and enjoys spending time with her family, church family and friends. She and Jim are members of Eastlake Baptist Church in Crown Point, IN.
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