Pastor Veda A. McCoy is the youngest child of the late Minister Irene B. Nicely and the late John H. Nicely, Sr. she is a dynamic and influential woman, who deliberately and intentionally strives to help people achieve spiritual growth and personal transformation.  She motivates and inspires people as a preacher, educator, motivational speaker, singer and author. 

Veda McCoy began her public ministry as a soloist, singing in church and community choirs throughout the Washington, DC area.  She went on to release three solo projects – Reality (1993); Over Again (1996); and Renewed Strength: Live in Washington, DC (1999).  Her latest single, Glory to God, debuted in 2013.  Veda McCoy has travelled and worked with many gospel greats, including her husband, Overseer Marvin E. McCoy, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Marvin Winans, BeBe Winans, Byron Cage, Earnest Pugh and others.

Pastor Veda is an ordained minister and served for nearly twenty years at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, in Washington, DC, under the leadership of Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr., and Dr. Susie C. Owens.  Acknowledging a call to preach in 1990, Pastor Veda preached her initial sermon, Boomerang, in 1994.  In April 2004, she and her husband, Senior Pastor Marvin E. McCoy, founded, Judah Christian Center Church, where she serves as First Lady and Executive Pastor.

Veda McCoy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bowie State University, (Magna cum laude), a Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (high honors) and a Master of Education degree also from Bowie State University (Summa cum laude). In May 2014, she was certified and endorsed by New Leaders New Schools, a nationally recognized leadership training program.  Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate degree in educational leadership, with a focus on early childhood learning readiness.

Veda McCoy is also the founder of Unlock Your Life, Inc., an organization committed to helping people unlock their potential and manifest greatness in every area of their lives.  She has written three books: Look At This Woman: Destroying the Bondage of Low Self-Esteem; LifePOWER: Six Winning Strategies to a Life of Purpose, Passion and Power; and My UnLocked Life: A 60-Day Guide to Unlock Your Power and Reclaim Your Dreams.  Veda McCoy is also one of the featured authors in Women Inspiring Nations 2.0, in conjunction with international speaker, Cheryl Wood.  She is a writer for the High Definition Women’s Magazine. 

Each July, Pastor Veda hosts the Annual Prophetic Prayer Breakfast & Summit, an event that receives many from all over the United States and abroad.  She also a highly sought after guest for women’s conferences, retreats, revivals and leadership training events. 

Veda McCoy has been married to her life partner and best friend, Senior Pastor Marvin E. McCoy for over 30 years and is the mother of two adult children, Minister Marvin Myer McCoy and Miss Johntae McCoy.

Her ultimate goal is to see people enjoying their divine right to live, love and leave an optimal impact in the world. Her motto is, "I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach many people – religious and nonreligious – entering their world to lead them into a God-filled life." (1Corinthians 9:19)

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