John L. McCoy, a native of Smithfield, North Carolina, was raised in the Washington metropolitan area. He graduated from the Calvin Coolidge High School in 1964. He was employed by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority for 22 years, where the Lord taught him to work with people from all segments of society. In July of 1980, under the leadership of his beloved pastor, Wilborn Gilmore, he preached his initial sermon at the St. Mark’s Baptist Church. In 1983, Minister McCoy received his diploma from the Washington Baptist Seminary. He was ordained in January of 1984. In June of that year, Rev. McCoy was called to The Word of God Baptist Church, where he presently serves as pastor.
Pastor John McCoy is proud to have been blessed to attend the Richmond Virginia Seminary, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1993 and a Master of Divinity Degree in 1995. He has served as the first Educational Dean of the Potomac River Baptist Association under the visionary leadership of Jesse B. Williams. One of his greatest honors was being elected, in 1998, to serve as Vice President of the Washington Baptist Seminary under the legendary Presidency of Dr. Andrew Fowler. It was the encouragement of Dr. Fowler that led him to enroll in the Howard University, School of Divinity, where he earned and was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry Degree on May 13, 2000. A year after the passing of Dr. Fowler, in January of 2003, the trustees of the Washington Baptist Seminary elected John L. McCoy as the school’s third President.
His passion for education and creative writing is evident in all that he does. The Shanele Jasmine Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund is a product of his vision, encouragement and support and the Brown family is forever grateful. He has touched the lives of so many in such a positive manner. Pastor McCoy is a blessing.