The primary time I preached at Folks’s Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia, was in 1993, simply earlier than Dave McCoy (at the moment the affiliate pastor) was referred to as by the church to function the senior pastor. Since then, I’ve preached there many instances. Pastor McCoy and his spouse, Trish, have turn out to be expensive pals to Terrie and me.
So, it was with nice disappointment that Terrie and I discovered of Pastor McCoy’s Homegoing right this moment. As a lot of our pals throughout the nation know, each he and Trish have been combating Covid for the previous few weeks—her from house and he from the hospital. I can’t think about the enjoyment it should have been for him to be transported from a ventilator the place he was combating for each breath to the very presence of Christ. Even so, I already really feel the private lack of his friendship.
I’ve treasured Pastor McCoy’s friendship for a lot of causes, however just a few that instantly come to thoughts…
Preaching: I actually loved preaching for and with Pastor McCoy. Not solely did he invite me to evangelise at Folks’s Baptist Church through the years, however he preached for us at Lancaster Baptist in addition to at Religious Management Convention. He and I typically preached collectively at different conferences across the nation, together with the Nationwide Unbiased Baptist Fellowship that he hosted. Pastor McCoy beloved God’s Phrase, and he beloved preaching it. Even over the previous a number of years as his bodily challenges have mounted (together with a number of sclerosis after which leukemia) and he has needed to be extra cautious together with his energy, he has prioritized the preaching of God’s Phrase.
Witness: I had the privilege of touring with Pastor McCoy on a number of events, together with when he was one of many preachers for an Alaska cruise West Coast Baptist Faculty hosted just a few years in the past. Every time I used to be with Pastor McCoy—whether or not on a cruise ship or in a quick meals restaurant, he was all the time able to be a good friend to and share the gospel with anybody who didn’t know the Lord. On the Alaska cruise I discussed, we had the privilege of seeing a number of crew members belief Christ as Savior.
Golf: Anytime I used to be with Pastor McCoy, one factor I may all the time depend on was not less than being given an invite to play golf. Pastor McCoy beloved golf. And although I teased him about it, I did recognize his modeling the stability of together with recreation in a pastor’s schedule. And I’ve just a few cherished recollections of fellowship these instances we did play golf collectively.
Household: When it got here to priorities, Pastor McCoy was good at inserting a excessive worth on his household. Sure, he would spend and be spent within the work of the ministry. However he beloved Trish, their daughters Meredith and Monica, son-in-law Seth, and their grandchildren Aven, Juliet, and Cade. And each one among them knew it.
Pleasure: Pastor McCoy had such a enjoyable humorousness, and I do know I converse for many people once I say, we beloved to be round him for that purpose. However as a good friend, I knew that his snort went deeper than his fun-loving nature. At the same time as he carried burdens of ministry and, as I already talked about, tough well being challenges, he drew his pleasure from the Lord, and it was the enjoyment of the Lord that was his energy.
Faithfulness: The sovereignty of God is usually mysterious to us. This previous Sunday marked forty years of ministry for Pastor McCoy. I want for his sake and for his church household’s sake that they might have celebrated this special occasion collectively. But, I’m thrilled for my good friend to make it to this milestone after which hours afterward enter Heaven to listen to His Lord say, “Nicely executed, thou good and devoted servant…enter thou into the enjoyment of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).
I encourage you to hope with Terrie and me for Trish, the remainder of the McCoy household, and Folks’s Baptist Church.