Chief Operating Officer / Chief Strategic Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church
As a child, Kelvin J. Cochran was spellbound by Shreveport, LA Firefighters fighting a fire across the street from his house and dreamed that one day he would be a firefighter too. In 1981, his employment as a firefighter began with the Shreveport Fire Department, where he was later promoted to Fire Training Officer (1985 – 1990) and then to Assistant Chief Training Officer. His service in this position concluded when he was appointed Fire Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department in 1999. In 2008, Kelvin was appointed Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, and on August 17, 2009 he was appointed as the United States Fire Administrator by President Barack Obama. He was re-appointed and in June 2010 by Mayor Kasim Reed as Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Kelvin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Wiley College (1999); a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University (2004); an Honorary Doctorate in Christian Leadership at Ohio Christian University; and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. He has served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon at Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport and, currently, as an ordained minister and the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Strategic Officer of Elizabeth Baptist Church. He is married to Carolyn Marshall Cochran and has three children and one granddaughter.