Paul Coty III exemplifies modern transformational leadership and innovation in urban ministry. With relentless drive and commitment to helping young people find their higher purpose, Coty currently spearheads the most dramatic expansion of Young Life’s global youth ministry in the world’s largest and most challenging market—New York City. 

For almost two decades, Coty’s professional career has centered on two things – serving Christ and ministering to the needs of kids. From 1996-1998 Coty was employed with the Baltimore City Board of Education as a middle school teacher and also as a local youth pastor.  In the summer of 1998 he first experienced the ministry of Young Life, and he has never been the same.  In 2000 he moved to the big city passionately committed to reaching more kids in at-risk communities. Working initially as an Area Director until 2006, Coty eventually assumed his current role as Young Life’s Regional Director of NYC. In this capacity, Coty grew the mission’s personnel from (2) to (35) full-time staff members and increased the organization’s operating budget to $3.2million annually over a 10-year period. A dynamic team-builder, Coty’s emphasis on personal accountability and transparency continues to foster organizational cohesion and consistency in performance. Coty likewise continues to build a coalition of partners to further to further expand the ministry’s local impact into all 59 community districts across NYC, increasing both mentorship and support to more than 9,000 New York City kids.

Today, Paul Coty III is an ordained pastor and expert advisor in the field of multicultural and urban youth ministry and visioning/strategic planning.  He also sits on the Board as a Founding Member for the Thrive Collective, is an active Committee Member for City Serve and inspirational speaker around the nation. Coty presently lives in Long Island, NY with his wife Shauniqua and three children, Paul, Jeremiah, and Savannah.