Reverend Michael L. McCoy
The Reverend Michael L. McCoy is a native of Augusta, GA. He was born again, baptized and became a member of the 2nd Mount Moriah Baptist Church where he served in many ministries of the church.
He is a graduate of Paine College Augusta (B.A.), Morehouse School of Religion, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Atlanta, GA (M.DIV.), Leadership Veterans Affairs Washington, DC. He is a certified mediator and trainer for the VA Office of Resolution and Management and a member of the Virginia Mediation Network.
Reverend McCoy was ordained into the Baptist Ministry in March 1971 and endorsed by the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. During his early ministry he worked as an Associate Minister with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. in Atlanta, GA., Interim Pastor at Springfield Baptist Church and Sr. Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. He presently serves as an Associate Minister of First Baptist Church of Hampton in Hampton, Virginia.
He was commissioned as a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps and has achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was the first African American Chaplain to serve in the Department of Veteran Affairs Headquarters. He later served as the National Director of Chaplain Service, where he directed and oversaw the pastoral ministry of over 1,000 chaplains of various faith groups and students serving in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the United States.
Among his many distinctions, he is also the past National President of the Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America. He is presently the Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Black Chaplains Association. He has served as a leader and member of more than twenty civil rights, Veterans Service Organizations and other community organizations. Chaplain McCoy is the Author/Project Director of Prayers by VA Chaplains (1997) and Prayers of VA Chaplains Following Events of September 11, 2001 (Nov 2001). He serves as a speaker, preacher, panelist/presenter at conferences and training events throughout the nation. He also serves as a member of the Sentara Health Care System Ethics Committee.
Reverend McCoy is the recipient of numerous religious, civic, military, and professional awards including the Four Chaplains Gold Medallion Award, the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Distinguished Career Award and Medal.
Reverend McCoy is married to Sharon Ann Rodgers McCoy of Greer, South Carolina; they are the parents of two children, and four grandchildren.