The Rev. Dr. Elaine McCoy of Lakewood will be the keynote speaker as Heidelberg University officially begins the 2011-12 academic year during Opening Convocation ceremonies Tuesday (Aug. 30).
Currently the Priest-in-Charge at the Church of the Ascension in Lakewood, McCoy’s ministry experience includes a Master of Divinity degree from The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and service at seven churches in Massachusetts and the Diocese of Ohio. Her clergy emphasis is on transitional ministry, liturgy and spiritual development. A trained “Circle of Life” director, McCoy is involved in inner-city support and prison ministry in Cleveland and in clinical pastoral education at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was involved with senior government policy making at the cabinet level in New Zealand and Australia and has more than 20 years of university teaching and research in Australia and the U.S. She was a senior administrator at Griffith University in the Department of Commerce and Administration in Queensland. She served as chair and professor of political science at Kent State University and is well published in the fields of political economy, public policy analysis and philosophy and political theory.
In addition to her divinity degree, McCoy received her Ph.D. degree in political economy, her master’s degree in constitutional law and her bachelor’s degree in political science.
Currently, she is researching and writing in the area of spiritual formation and ethical ecclesiology in contemporary life as well as an investigation into the legacy of the reform “confessions.”
The mother of four, stepmother of two and grandmother of five, McCoy resides in Cleveland with her partner, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Hanen, and their two dogs.
Immediately following Convocation, everyone is invited to a lunch at which time we will officially introduce the new employees to the whole campus community. The buffet lunch will be in Wickham Great Hall.