Saint Paul School of Theology held a tribute event on April 7 to celebrate Myron F. McCoy as he leaves the seminary after years of faithful leadership as its president.
Rev. Dr. McCoy became the fourth president of Saint Paul in August 2003. The main campus is in Greater Kansas City.
Elaine Robinson of Oklahoma City reminded seminary friends of McCoy’s leadership in the establishment of Saint Paul at Oklahoma City University. She serves there as academic dean and a professor.
In Spring 2007 the seminary’s Board of Trustees announced plans to establish a site at United Methodist-affiliated OCU. The announcement followed a year-long exploration phase.
The idea was initiated by Bishop Robert Hayes; Tom McDaniel, president of OCU at that time; and Dean Mark Davies of the OCU Wimberly School of Religion. The concept reflected McCoy’s belief that seminaries need to become more accessible, and he embraced the project.
A plan was developed in consultation with Saint Paul seminary, the Oklahoma Conference, and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.
United Methodist seminary education got closer to home for students in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and western Kansas in Spring 2008, when the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools approved the OCU site. On Sept. 9, 2008, the seminary celebrated its first Opening Convocation on the OCU campus.
Rev. Dr. Robinson said, "When Myron told me his vision for the new campus in Oklahoma City, there were three things of importance: 1) theological education can no longer be just for ordained clergy, and we have to think about educating all of God’s people for ministry; 2) for too long the seminary asked the Church to come to the seminary, and now it’s time for the seminary to go out to the Church, and 3) collaborate, collaborate, collaborate.
"These are all things that we are doing now in Oklahoma City."
She explained, "In 20 or 30 years, people will look back on his presidency and say ... he could see what most of us have yet to grasp."
A search committee is interviewing candidates for the presidential post.
In July, McCoy will begin his new appointment as senior pastor of First UMC at the Chicago Temple, Chicago, Ill. — Contributed by Heather Chamberlin
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