The Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr. was conferred an honorary doctorate of divinity from the St. Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 17 at the Second Baptist Church located at 717 Adams St., Steubenville, where McLoyd has served as the senior pastor for the past 22 years.
Assisting in the conferral was Zamekio Jackson, president and chief executive officer of St. Thomas Christian College who has expanded its reach globally into several countries, has extended into several business ventures in addition to a full academic thrust at St. Thomas. As an incentive to the youth to pursue a Christian education, the challenge is to present a full scholarship to the first youth from Second Baptist who will maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Also assisting in the ceremony were James Baber, executive vice president of student and academic affairs at Eastern Gateway Community College and an associate minister at Second Baptist, and Patricia Fletcher, a retired educator and administrator in the Steubenville school system and chair of the board of advisers at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
McLoyd is an adjunct professor at EGCC as an instructor in psychology and sociology. He also is the state president of the United Missionary Baptist State Convention of Ohio. He was licensed and ordained in the ministry in Alabama where he served three churches before he was called to serve the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Johnstown, Pa.
He is a 1977 graduate of George C. Wallace Community College; a 1979 graduate of Troy State University; a 1999 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville; and has done seminary work at Bethany Bible College. He is married to the former Vivian Roberson and is the father of Sonya and Jeremy.