Dr. Renee McCoy is currently the Director of HIV/AIDS Programs for the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. She was formerly the HIV/AIDS Behavioral Surveillance with the Michigan Department of Community Health where she conducted research focused on HIV/AIDS risk behaviors.
She has worked in HIV/AIDS since the disease first surfaced and has been involved in care, prevention, education, and research for more than 25 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches Anthropological Research Methods, Business and Organizational Anthropology, and Introduction to Anthropology at Wayne State University.
Renee McCoy served as first Chair of the Department of People of Color for the UFMCC for over ten years. She was ordained as UFMCC clergy in 1981 and went on to found Harlem Metropolitan Community Church where she remained as pastor for over five years. Under her leadership, UFMCC hosted the first international Christian conference focused on the spiritual needs and concerns of LGBT persons of color in 1983.
McCoy is also the founding pastor of Full Truth Fellowship Church in Detroit, an independent ministry that has provided spiritual support and HIV/AIDS services to African American LGBT persons for over 18 years. She is a founding board member and past executive director of the National Coalition for Black Lesbians and Gays.
She has received numerous national and local awards for service to the LGBT community. After over 20 years of service in New York, Washington, D.C., and Detroit, MI, McCoy retired from active ministry in 1995. Dr. McCoy lives in Detroit, MI with her two dogs and is a member of MCC Detroit.