Reverend Deborah L. Coggin, aka Pastor Deb, grew up in Richmond, Virginia. I was raised with my brother, Jim by our mother. My father remarried and blessed me with a sister, Lisa and two brothers, Myers and Sam. I am very blessed to have a family, who is very supportive.
I graduated from Mary Washington College. After over 13 years of service with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, I attended Wesley Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Divinity degree, Cum Laude, in May 2000. My seminary experience was amazing and I am still in contact with a small group of friends who are still very supportive of my work with the LGBT community. After seventeen years of involvement as laity within the church, I was ordained in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in June of 2000.
I served as pastor of Vision of Hope MCC in Mountville, PA. from June 2000 through October 2014. After leaving Vision of Hope MCC, my wife and I along with several friend started “Living Generosity.” Living Generosity proves a hot meal, clothing and hygiene items to the homeless twice a month in Lancaster, PA. The group continues to serve about 150 people every time we go out. In December of 2016, I was called to serve as Pastor of New Light MCC in Hagerstown, MD. My passion is preaching and teaching as well as reaching out to those on the margins. I strives to help people be the presence of Christ in our world today.
Let me tell you about the Fenninger-Coggin family. Denise (Dee) and I have been together for 11 years and were married in July of 2014. In 2011, our lives changed forever when God brought 5 beautiful and amazing girls into our lives. Taty is 18, Espy is 17, Addy is 13, Lola is 8 and Ella is 7. We and the girls legally became a family in March of 2013. We also share our home in Lancaster, PA with 3 dogs, Jezzie, Shekina, and Star. We recently added a six month old puppy, Gracie to the mix.
Our family is very excited to be a part of the New Light MCC community of faith. God is doing amazing things. I hope you will consider joining us.