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Michael John McCoy


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Michael John McCoy

Michael John McCoy

Nickname: 'Mike'

Anglican priest and theological educator

Born 01-04-1953 in Port Elizabeth South Africa

Mike McCoy is a parish priest in the Anglican Diocese of Port Elizabeth, and a theological educator. He has previously worked as a journalist and a freelance copyeditor.

As a theological educator, he has served the Theological Education by Extension College of Southern Africa (TEEC) since 1999 variously as part-time staff member, course writer, tutor, and mentor. He also served as Corresponding Secretary of the African Network of Institutions of Theological Education Preparing Anglicans for Ministry (ANITEPAM), 2003-2006.

He has served on the Appeals Tribunal of the Film & Publication Board since 2001.

In 1992 he was trained as an authorised use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

He is a keen amateur musician: he plays the trumpet, and listens avidly to most forms, but especially classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Contact details

O: 041 3651298

Business Address

32 West St, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 6055

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Rector | St Hugh's Anglican Church, Newton Park
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 2010 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Previous Position(s)

Assistant priest | Holy Trinity Parish | Diocese of Grahamstown
King Williams Town | 1979 - 1981

Social Development and Community Services

Reporter | News room | Eastern Province Herald
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1975 - 1976

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

General news, legal reporting, film and music reviews

Educational history


Grey High School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1970)


University of South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa | 1992 - 1994

Master of Theology - Missiology (with distinction)

Dissertation was entitled "'Local church' in missiological perspective: An enquiry"

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 1982 - 1984

Bachelor of Theology (Honours) - Pastoral theology (with distinction)

The degree included courses in pastoral theology, Christian education, and mediaeval spirituality. My long essay at the end of the degree was later published as "The child in our midst: Rediscovering youth ministry in the parish" (Johannesburg: CPSA Dept of Mission, 1987).

St John's College

Nottingham, South Africa | 1978 - 1979

Diploma in Pastoral Studies - Pastoral theology (with distinction)

The DPS included two practical placements: one in the parish of St Martin's, Sherwood (north Nottingham), and the other with BBC Radio Nottingham. My long essay was entitled :The least of my brethren: The challenge of the poor".

Nottingham University

Nottingham, United Kingdom | 1976 - 1978

BA with Honours in Theology - Theology

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 1972 - 1974

BA - Linguistics (with distinction) and African Politics

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