The Beloved Apostolic Church of God was not born out of desperation, speculation or personal motivation,
but of the Divine Inspiration from God.
In 1976, Beloved Apostolic Church of God was born with faith, hope, love, prayer, and Divine Inspiration from God. With just one member
(his wife), the late Pastor Jessie J. Rankin and Mother Annie B. Rankin founded and built the Beloved Apostolic Church of God. They listened to the mandate of Jesus Christ to preach the good news to everyone, including the poor and the brokenhearted.
With the help of his wife, his daughters, Earlene (Rankin) Hart and Doris (Rankin) Polnitz, Elder and Sister Clarence King, and a few dedicated saints, a great miracle was in the making for Bishop and Mother Rankin. God answered their prayers. Great things are wrought by prayer.
Bishop and Mother Rankin faced many challenges and hardships. Many adversaries came their way trying to discourage them, but they alleviated those discouragements by speaking the Word of God: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17 KJV).
Beloved was powerfully blessed with great men, women, and children who stood up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the early '80s, Bishop Rankin became ill. Unable to continue his tasks, he contacted Elder Johnny Cunningham regarding the Lord's work. The saints understood that there was a need to continue laboring in the vineyard. On November 29, 1984, Bishop Rankin went home to be with the Lord. He left behind a legacy that will forever be remembered. Bishop Rankin was a man of faith, integrity, and wisdon - who lived to serve others.
The saints were determined to hold to God's unchanging hand. Mother Rankin, with her sweet and kind words, would often encourage them to "trust in the Lord, and don't give up hope." She said, "I want to see the vision carried on...winning souls for Jesus."
In April of 1999, Beloved celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the new church facility to be constructed on 700 Roosevelt Avenue in Selma, Alabama. It would have a seating capacity of approximately five hundred. As Mother of Beloved, Mother Annie B. Rankin was excited about the groundbreaking as she put her shovel in the ground. She realized that she was paving the way for future souls to be saved.
God called Mother Annie B. Rankin home to rest on June 22, 1999. The Beloved Apostolic Church of God will continue with Dr. Johnny F. Cunningham as Pastor, Overseer, and Visionary.