Rev. W. Keith McCoy

About Me

Deacon W. Keith McCoy was born in Cambridge MA in January 1954. He attended the local public schools, and graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in history in 1976. He also graduated from the [then] School of Library and Information Science at Drexel University with an M.S. in Library Science in 1978.

Since then his professional career has taken him to East Brunswick, Plainfield, South Amboy, Rahway and Roselle, the latter three communities as the director of the library. He has served on the board of the regional library cooperative, including three terms as president, and has been the treasurer of the NJ Library Association since 2002, among other committee responsibilities over the years. He has written articles and book reviews for a number of professional publications.

In the community, he was a board member of the Plainfield Symphony Society for over ten years, including four years as president. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rahway for fifteen years, and was treasurer for eight of those years.

An active Episcopalian from his teen years, Keith was a member of the first class of deacons in the Diocese of New Jersey, and was ordained by Bishop Belshaw along with 21 others in April 1985. He served first at Christ Church, New Brunswick. In 1987, he joined the staff of Grace, Plainfield, ministering there until 2000. In October 2001, he became the deacon at St. John's, Somerville,

Initially, his ministry was with teens. He also served on the Committee on the Diaconate 1987-90. he was appointed to the revived COD in 1994, and served as the chair from 1995 to 2002. In 2005, Bishop Councell appointed him as one of three archdeacons for the diocese, with responsibility for diaconal deployment. Over the years, Keith has also served the diocese on the Nomination and Balloting Committees, Youth Commission, and as an alternate to the 2006 General Convention.

Keith has also been involved with the diaconate on a wider scale. For the North American Association for the Diaconate, he served as chair of the Guidelines Committee, and has been on the board of directors since 2003, with this year being his last. Keith writes a column on human relations for NAAD's quarterly journal, Diakoneo. He was a member of the board of the Fund for the Diaconate from 1999 to 2007.

Keith lives in Edison with his partner, Kir Rodriguez.