Reverend Joseph Constant Rev. Joseph Constant

A native of Haiti, Joseph was ordained as a deacon in 2003 and as priest in 2004.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. After graduation from seminary, he served as the Assistant Rector at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC for almost two years. Then, he joined the staff at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2005 as Assistant to the Dean for Admissions and Community Life. During his time at the Seminary, he created the Office of Racial and Ethnic Ministries and served as Director of Ethnic Ministries.

In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Joseph joined the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as a Special Coordinator for Haiti. The task of the Special Coordinator for Haiti was to facilitate the multiple efforts among Episcopal churches, dioceses, networks, and organizations committed to the rebuilding of the Diocese of Haiti.

In 2005, he established, Haiti Micah Project, Inc. (HMP), a nonprofit committed to serving the needs of the at-risk and homeless children of Mirebalais, Haiti. Through a vast network of partnerships created by Joseph and HMP, over 450 children receive a hot meal on a daily basis and have access to basic education.

Joseph has published a book entitled, No Turning Back: The Black Presence at Virginia Theological Seminary. His published paper on James Cone can also be found in The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians, Ian Markham, editor. Joseph and his wife Sarah have two daughters, Claire and Christiana. In his free time, Joseph loves playing and watching soccer, especially with his children, who are both soccer players.

Patrick D. McCoy

Organist and Choirmaster

Patrick D. McCoy distinguishes himself as an organist, choral conductor, singer and music journalist residing in the Washington, D. C. area.  A native of Petersburg, VA, he is the son of the late Velma Ann McCoy Pulley and Alex R. Pulley.  A 1995 graduate of Petersburg High School, he earned the Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Virginia State University (2000) where he studied voice with the late Martin A. Strother, sang in the University Concert Choir under the direction Johnnella L. Edmonds and Opera Workshop with Lisa Edwards-Burrs. Other important childhood mentors that inspired him to pursue a career in music include James F. Peak, Jr., his high school teacher Donna R. Lundy, Mattie L. Wilkerson and Tom E. Lovorn, among others.  Shortly after graduation from VSU, he served as Director of Music and Organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church from 2000-2006, early service musician at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer from 1998-2002 and First Christian Church from 2003-2005.  In Washington, Patrick served as Minister of Music at Takoma Park Baptist Church from 2006-2012 and most recently as organist/choirmaster from 2012-2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  His interest in music was sparked by his late mother Velma Ann McCoy Pulley (July 25, 1956-January 11, 2017), who sang in the church choir and with whom he practiced and coached many of the songs she sang.  He dedicates his life’s work and career to the Glory of God and to her memory.

In 2005, he earned the Master of Music in Church music from Shenandoah University where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael O. Forest and organ/sacred music with Dr. Steven Cooksey.  Juxtaposing a busy schedule between writing and public appearances, he has covered the arts for several outlets, including Washington Life Magazine, Early Music America, The Afro American Newspaper, CBS Washington, Examiner.com and ArtSong Update.  As a noted performing arts journalist he has interviewed outstanding artists, including soprano Renee Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell, actress Audra McDonald, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, conductors J. Reilly Lewis, Stanley J. Thurston, Norman Scribner, Julian Wachner, Emil de Cou, Andre J. Thomas, Rene Clausen and Michael Tilson Thomas and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter, among others.  Notable appearances include presenting at the 2012 African American Artsong Alliance Conference at the University of California at Irvine, Moderator: Mendelssohn Elijah Panel at The Kennedy Center, Moderator: Symposium Series at the 2014 Colour of Music Festival and Moderator: Blacks in Classical Music Panel hosted by the Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts and the National Medal Arts Ceremony at The White House.  As an educator, Patrick taught music in the Petersburg Public School System from 2000-2003 and Prince George’s County from 2006-2008.  A vocal soloist, he was presented in a full recital by the Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg.

In 2015 he appeared on Washington’s NBC 4 as a judge for “Be A Voice” a local installment for the hit talent TV show, The Voice.    At Washington National Cathedral (2016) Patrick served as conductor of the Diocesan Wide Choir in a special Festival Eucharist commemorating the life of Absalom Jones.

He was named among the Forty Under 40 of Prince George’s County, MD for his contributions to the arts and humanities in 2013 and the 2014 Board Member of the Year for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts.  He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America, Shenandoah University Alumni Board of Directors, National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Carol Morrison