Bishop Malcolm W. Coby, Ph.D.,Bishop Malcolm Winslow Coby was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1946. He is the oldest of three brothers. He is the father of three adult children, Lisa McClendon, Malcolm Coby, Jr. and Maria Harris. He is married to the former Reva Harmon who is a Certified Case Manager for a Community Action program in Oklahoma City. They have a blended family of six children and fifteen grandchildren. Bishop Coby attended the public schools of Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He received the B.S. in Education (1968) and the Master of Education (1970) from the University of Central Oklahoma in Special Education (Mental Retardation and Learning Disabilities). After teaching in the public schools of Oklahoma City, he launched his college teaching career in 1971 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was one of the first African Americans to teach at Southwestern and the first at the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma in 1974. He received the Ph.D. in Education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma (Emotional Disturbance major) in 1976. He returned to his alma mater, University of Central Oklahoma, in 1976. He rose to the rank of full professor in 1990. He is also the first African American to hold that academic rank in the College of Education in the history of the university. He retired from UCO in 1997 with the rank of Professor Emeritus of Education. He recently received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He has received numerous awards including Outstanding Young Man in America in 1980 and served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Handicapped Concerns.His first pastorate was at the Thompson Memorial Church of God in Christ in his native hometown of Muskogee. Bishop Coby achieved many accomplishments in the five years he and his family commuted from Oklahoma City weekly. In 1987, He was appointed pastor of the Sixth and Jordan Church of God in Christ (now Victory Temple) by the late Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr., after the demise of Bishop W.E. Jefferies. He is also the founder of the C.H. Mason Christian Academy, the first African American Christian School in Oklahoma City. He serves as the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for All Saints Bible College. He also serves as one of the hosts of the local Praise the Lord (PTL) broadcast for the Trinity Broadcast Network.
He has authored several books including, Handbook for Church Organization, Administration and Ministry, Through the Looking Glass, Saints in the Wilderness, Discipline Ideas for Parents and Teachers, Don’t Let the Mountain Intimidate You, and many other workbooks, teaching tapes and videos.
During his tenure as Jurisdictional Prelate for Southeast Oklahoma, the following accomplishments are noted:1. Established a Investment portfolio for the Jurisdiction with John Hancock Investments2. An additional bond was purchased for the jurisdiction that will triple in value upon maturity3. Established the Jurisdictional Ministry for Economic Development4. The C.O.G.I.C. Mobile Kitchen of Outreach to communities was established during the monthly fellowship meeting. This ministry distributes food, clothing, etc to people in those areas5. A full scholarship was awarded to Maurier Malveaux to attend All Saints Bible College in Memphis, Tennessee6. The Church Stimulus Grant to assist churches who qualify was launched and the first grant awarded7. The Dorcas House Missions Ministry for clothing, counseling, education, job training for persons in need is in progress as a ministry of the jurisdiction8. The Bishop’s Place Emergency Shelter for temporary housing of persons in need operated under the Access to Recovery program9. Hosted the first training of local church coordinators for National Urban Initiatives ministry10. Partnered with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse to assist people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction11. Established the Junior Executive Board of young adults (20-40) to engage them in jurisdictional business and ministry12. Hosted the first Family Life Conference13. Launched a Life Insurance program for members of the jurisdiction14. Appointed more than fifteen (15) new pastors in the jurisdiction15. Contracted with the Oklahoma State Education Department for Supplemental Education Services in various cities in Oklahoma16. Established the Celebration of Pentecost to commemorate and perpetuate the Pentecostal experience and heritage