|“Brother Mac” was the endearing term given to Rev. McCoy. The use of the term was an ennobling one, an indication of the high respect with which this good man was held. To say that he was loved by his people is an understatement. People had an instinctive trust in him.
Although he was no Demosthenes in the pulpit, people heard him gladly. There was a sincerity about his preaching that was at once both captivating and challenging. He was a sermon! There was no degree of farness between his preaching and his ethics — they were synonymous. He was in love with the Christian Gospel. He could say with Martin Luther, “To preach the Gospel is nothing else than to bring Christ to men and men to Christ.”
He was a man of the people. His hands were accustomed to the carpenter’s saw, the plumber’s wrench, and the farmer’s plow. All work was honorable to him. He sanctified all labor, no task was too menial.
Brother Mac served the following appointments:
1907 — Student in Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
1908 — Woodworth and Pineville
1909-1910 — Tioga
1911 — Shreveport, Cedar Grove
1912 — Shreveport, City Mission
1913 — Shreveport, Queensboro
1914 — Jennings
1915 — Abbeville
1916 —. Naborton and South Mansfield
1917-1826 — Houma
1927-1928 — West Monroe
1930-1932 — Leesvile
1933-1934 — Baton Rouge, Keener Memorial
1935-1936 — Ida-Hosston
1937-1938 — Wisner
1939-1943 — Lecompte (heart attack during ‘43-’44 conference year)
He closed his earthly pilgrimage as he had lived life — with dignity, humbleness, thankfulness, and a joyous victory. His life was lived with an exclamation point.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 226, 1966 by B. Joseph Martin.|