Adjunct Professor, Missiology & Baptist History
M.Div. and Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Robert Cochran serves as Executive Director/Minister for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC). He has served in the DCBC since 1995 in multiple roles, including as the Director of Missions/Evangelism (under appointment of the North American Mission Board, SBC, and related to American Baptist Churches USA); the Principal Coordinator/Consultant of the Center for Congregational Health, Evangelism & Discipleship; and the head of the Center for Church and Community Ministries. He has worked to restart and revitalize D.C. congregations and obtain grants to assist new churches and existing church programs. He is a founding member of the Ministers’ Council of the Reentry Project, which, in partnership with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of D.C., mentors formerly incarcerated persons. He has coordinated disaster relief and mission efforts with DCBC congregations, including helping convene the Haiti Working Group after the 2010 earthquake and the Burma Working Group.
Dr. Cochran has worked to begin congregations in Western Europe and the United States. He was the theological education coordinator of the East European Division for the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) and a general evangelist/pastor with the FMB in Belgium. He has served on committees for the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and as the treasurer of the North American Baptist Fellowship of the BWA.
Dr. Cochran has taught courses as an adjunct faculty member for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at the South Florida Center, West Palm Beach Satellite; for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at the Korean Center, Silver Spring, Maryland; for Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia; for Maple Springs Bible College and Seminary, Capitol Heights, Maryland; and for the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Arlington, Virginia.
Dr. Cochran is a graduate of Howard Payne University and earned both his M.Div. and his Ph.D. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.