Bishop M. Ruel McCoy, Sr. is a dynamic preacher, anointed teacher, spirited evangelist, passionate historian, proven pastor and prophet. He was born in New Smyrna Beach, FL and reared in Daytona Beach, FL. Bishop McCoy graduated from Bethune-Cookman College in 1985 with the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy. Bishop McCoy is the eldest child of the "People's Bishop", the late Bishop Ruel B. McCoy and "Mother Superior", Mother Susie N. McCoy. A third generation apostolic product of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, he has been involved in public ministry all his life.
He has the double honor of being the youngest person to ever be appointed to a state office in the Florida Diocese under the leadership of the late Apostle Henry Ross. He also was the first graduate of the Diocese Children's Convention and is a distinguished recipient of the Bishop Henry Ross Image Award.
Internationally, from 1989-92 he faithfully served as the Chaplain of the Amour Bearer's Young People's Union (ABYPU) and From 2007-2010 he served as the Chairman of the International Board of Presbyters (IBOP). Presently he serves as the Vice Chairman of the International Board of Bishops (IBOB).
Bishop McCoy is Diocesan Bishop of the Florida Ecclesiastical Diocese (COOLJC) and the Senior Pastor of Greater Refuge Memorial COOLJC in Orlando, FL; Refuge Church of Gainesville, FL; Straightway Church of Christ in New Haven, CT and City of Refuge Mission in Daytona Beach, FL. He also faithfully served as the 1st President of the Bishop Henry Ross Bible Institute (BHRBI) and Chairman of the Florida Region Board of Trustees.
Bishop McCoy and his wife Lady Benona B. McCoy are the proud parents of three blessed Holy Ghost filled children, Marcus, Jr., Michael and Markeya.