Duncan Rankin


Dr. Duncan Rankin

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Address3585 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
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Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

B.S., Clemson University,
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary,,
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh,,

Raised in a Southern Presbyterian home with shared roots in the Moravian ministry, Dr. Rankin graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in Ceramic Engineering. After working for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory where he researched nuclear waste storage in glassy materials, and after Ph.D. studies in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, the Lord redirected Duncan’s steps from a successful career in the sciences towards the Gospel ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). After completing his Master of Divinity studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Jackson, Mississippi, he took his Ph.D. at the New College of the University of Edinburgh by writing on Carnal Union with Christ in the Theology of T.F. Torrance.

Appointed to the Department of Systematic Theology at RTS, Dr. Rankin served some 10 years, teaching courses in dogmatic and historical theology. Active on the Theology and Strategy Working Group of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, as well as a recipient of a John Templeton Foundation 1999 Science and Religion Course Prize, he was guest minister during a sabbatical in 2000 at St. Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee, the former pulpit of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, after having escaped the ravages of Y2K by sojourning in the quiet Highland village of Muir of Ord, Scotland! After serving as pastor of Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Learned, Mississippi, Dr. Rankin became the Minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in August 2003, where he, his wife, Shirley, and their three children now live. As an Adjunct Professor of Theology at RTS, Dr. Rankin continues to enjoy teaching periodically on the Jackson, Orlando, and Charlotte campuses, as well as training ministerial interns in Tennessee for future service in the Lord’s Vineyard.

Areas of Interest

Systematic Theology;



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