Historical records matching Rev. C. Rankin Barnes
About Rev. C. Rankin Barnes
From "Journal of General Convention," September 22, 1976 - House of Deputies
"Deputy Sadler (Los Angeles) rose to a point of personal privilege and addressed the House as follows:
"In memoriam of the Rev. Canon C. Rankin Barnes, Doctor of Divinity, Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Los Angeles, priest and pastor, scholar and author, defender of the poor, the depressed and the deprived, and devoted servant of this Church, and this House as Deputy from Los Angeles, and as Secretary of Convention.
"Known to most people as Canon Barnes, C. Rankin Barnes was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, March 23, 1891. His father left the ministry of the Methodist Church to embrace the catholicity of the Episcopal Church, and Rankin followed in his steps. When his father became Rector of St. Paul's in San Diego, Canon Barnes became a Californian, and completed his education at San Diego High. At the University of California in Berkeley he was editor of the "Daily Bruin."
"After his graduation from the General Theological Seminary his sense of servanthood was demonstrated by his request to be placed in the most difficult parish or mission in the Diocese of Los Angeles. At that time the isolated desert communities of El Centro, Holtville and Brawley fitted that description. Called to be Rector of St. James' Church, South Pasadena in 1918, he became a devoted and belowed priest and pastor, which was also true later when he was Rector of St. Paul's, San Diego in 1936. During the difficult years of World War II, Canon Barnes was tireless in his efforts for the spiritual welfare of countless servicemen, many of whom were departing for battles from which they never returned. The consolation and comfort of widows and children became his constant concern.
"In the meantime Canon Barnes had been called to serve the National Church as Executive Secretary of the Department of Christian Social Relations from 1931-36. Here he devoted his mind and energy to the relief of the poor, the deprived and depressed.
"He was called to return to New York in 1946 when he was elected Secretary of this House and of General Convention and Secretary of the National Council in which capacities he served until his retirement in 1961. Even in retirement he continued to serve his Church as a teacher and adviser of younger priests.
"In his death on March 26, 1976, the Church Militant lost a faithful soldier and servant, but we have no doubt that his voice now joins the Church Expectant in the praise of Almighty God."
BA - University of California 1912 BD - General Theological Seminary 1915 Diaconate - June 1915 Priesthood - July 1916 Priest-in-Charge, 1916-1918: St. Paul, El Centro; All Saints, Brawley; St. Matthew's, Imperial; St. Mark's, Holtville Rector: St. James, South Pasadena 1918-1931 Rector: St. Paul's, San Diego, 1936-1947