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Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is pleased to announce that we will be joined on Sunday, September 13, 2015 by keynote speaker Kelvin Cochran. Mr. Cochran is the former Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta with a message of hope and encouragement. During this special service we will be honoring all Emergency Services Personnel (Fire, Police, EMS) from city and county municipalities that surround our church. Services will begin at 10:45 a.m. and all Emergency Services Personnel are invited to join us for juice/coffee and pastries prior to the services beginning at 10 a.m. in the Welcome Center and coffee station.

There will be a luncheon following the service for Students (Middle School – Collegiate) and their families. (No childcare will be provided during the luncheon) This luncheon will feature Mr. Cochran speaking directly to the value and importance of education and embracing a Biblical worldview as young believers in a volatile society. An RSVP for the luncheon is required by Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at noon.

If you are a Firefighter, Police Pfficer of any branch, Rescue, EMS or First Responder and you would be interested in helping put together our Emergency Services Personnel Recognition Day, September 13th. Please contact Denise Pritchett at 706-245-5429 or dpritchett@theplaceofhope.com by Sunday, August 2nd.

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Kelvin Cochran 

Kelvin J. Cochran was born and raised in Shreveport, LA.  After watching Shreveport firefighters put out a fire across the street from where he lived, he dreamed that one day he would be a firefighter.  He accepted Christ at the age of 7 years old and was a member of the Galilee Baptist Church.  He became a firefighter with the Shreveport Fire Department in 1981.

Working his way through the ranks he was appointed Fire Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department in 1999.  In 2008 he was appointed Fire Chief for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department under Mayor Shirley Franklin. In August 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the United States Fire Administration in the Department of Homeland Security.  In June 2010 he was recruited back to serve as Fire Chief under Mayor Kasim Reed and served until January 2015.

Kelvin is a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he serves as a deacon and teacher/facilitator. He has a passion for men’s ministry and leadership development.

Kelvin has a BS degree in Organization Management, a MS degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and is currently a doctoral student at Creighton University studying Interdisciplinary Leadership.

Kelvin has been married to Carolyn Marshall for thirty-two years.  They have three adult children and one granddaughter: Tiffane (30), Kelton (28), Camille (26) and Thailynn (6).