The Rev. Patrick E. McCoy never let his congregation drift away from its mission to reach out in Christ. In an era when many Presbyterian churches have experienced a drop in membership, Trinity Presbyterian Church has grown from 200 to now over 700 members under McCoy’s leadership. The tone he set for the church to be a place where questions are welcomed is contagious.
McCoy will celebrate 20 years of service at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney during a ceremony in his honor September 15 from 4-6.
Pastoral Secretary Joan Allinson says, “Having known Patrick for 19 years, he is still the same kind, grounded, patient, devoted, spirit-filled man today as he was the first day I met him. I am truly blessed to be able to call Patrick my pastor, my boss and my friend.”
A graduate of Oklahoma State University and Princeton Theological Seminary, McCoy was ordained in 1982. Among his many accomplishments are his work with Habitat for Humanity, serving as leader of “When Pigs Fly,” a group he helped create which offers leadership to colleagues as they work to grow church membership, and serving as a mentor to pastors of smaller churches.
Rev. McCoy has been married to wife Rebecca for 38 years and they have 2 sons, Micah and David. He enjoys fishing, boating, kayaking, camping and travel. He just recently returned from a Sabbatical during which he used these passions to re-learn the art of simple living, skills he will now share with his congregation. His newest passion is exploring Healthy Habits.
Associate Pastor Mally Baum says, “Some pastors are not much more than a ‘flash in the pan.’ They quickly use up their bag of tricks and move on. Patrick is the real deal. For the past 20 years, he has quietly provided genuine and thoughtful leadership at Trinity and in our greater community.”