Missions Month Special Guests for February 16, 2014
Boo and Phyllis Hankins
Boo Hankins: Retired United Methodist minister. Graduated from Hiwassee College, Tennessee Wesleyan and Emory’s Candler School of Religion. Married to Phyllis Ramsey Hankins (presently serving at St Luke’s UMC in Bristol), and together we have served many wonderful churches in the Holston conference. We have also been privileged to serve as United Methodist Missionaries in three countries. Our first assignment was to the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras. In 1980, we went to Liberia, West Africa, with our two daughters, Rachel and Bethany. Liberia was the very first foreign mission field of American Methodism. We have been blessed to serve this courageous people who have suffered through a ten-year Civil War and are now emerging into the light. In 2009, Phyllis and I became a part of the most exciting story of United Methodism in the 21st Century – the emerging United Methodist Church in southern Sudan. I served as the District Superintendent in this land that had endured the hardships of war for more than 20 years. With the support of Bishop James Swanson and the churches of Holston Conference, we have witnessed the miracle of a growing church and the birth of the newest nation on earth. In my years of ministry, I have stood on the shoulders of giants, like Melvil B. Cox (first missionary to Liberia) and E. Stanley Jones and many others, and seen the mighty hand of God bringing “the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation” to some of the darkest places on earth. Shine on Jesus!