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Lyle McCoon, Jr.

Lyle McCoon, Jr.

Pontiac and Clarkston Free Methodist Church
Pontiac/Clarkston, MI
Quizzed 1985-1991
Inducted 2005


Notable Results

My team was East Michigan Conference champs in 1990 and 1991 in STV; at Nationals, however, no; sadly, the closest we came was a 3rd place finish in STR in Seattle in 1989. Individually, I was the East Michigan Conference champ in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991; at Nationals, the closest I came was in 1988 when I finished 2nd at Greenville in YT Individuals and in 1989 when I finished 4th in Seattle in ST Individuals.

I was captain of the Senior Team All-Star Team at Nationals in 1989, 1990, and 1991, quizzing out every round of Nationals all three years.

Favorite Scripture

My favorite passage was always 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. I loved the imagery of the passage, and it was a source of encouragment to me to continue living an overt and openly Christian life in my public high school.

Questions & Answers
What were the highlights of your quizzing years?

Rededicating my life to Christ for the first time at the Communion service at Nationals after my 9th grade year; getting to go to 5 Nationals at 4 different Free Methodist colleges; quizzing with and against many future close friends including my future wife, Dawn Bosworth.

How did quizzing affect you as a teen?

It completely rearranged my attitudes. I was quite stuck on myself as a young teen, and success in quizzing fed my arrogance. What I did not realize is that the Scripture I was memorizing was working on my heart, even if I did not realize it. It all came together at the Communion service at Nationals in Greenville after my 9th grade year when I realized how messed up I was and rededicated my life to Christ. After that, my attitudes changed greatly and I became far more ministry minded, receiving a call to full-time ministry the following year.

What difference has quizzing made in your life to this day?

Quizzing's influence on my life is immeasurable. I am literally the person I am today because of quizzing. Through its motivation to memorize Scripture, quizzing has continued to impact my life every year that I have participated (20 years now).

How are you serving the Lord?

I am an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. I have served local churches as pastor for 9 years. I am also pursuing a doctorate in New Testament (working on the book of James) with a view to teaching Bible and theology in a Christian college or seminary. I currently fill in preaching as needed, teach a Sunday School class, and give leadership to the Nicholasville (KY) Open Door Free Methodist Church.

I am currently the conference director for the New South Conference as well as the national question writer for the C level quiz questions. In addition, I have for the past several years written the Junior questions for the Pacific Northwest. The following is a summation of my quizzing participation since graduating high school: head coach of Greenville, IL (1991-1995); conference director of Gateway Conference (1996-1999); regional director over Gateway, North Central, Great Plains, etc. (1998-2000); head coach of Quincy, IL (1999-2000); conference director of New South Conference (2000-present); head coach of Open Door, Nicholasville, KY (2000-2003).