On a Thursday afternoon in Killeen, class was in session at OG’s School of Hair Design for third-semester barbers. Their instructor, Kevin Lane, looked on as the students went through self-certification for their upcoming state examinations.
“All right guys, let’s see what we have learned so far,” Lane said.
Lane, a Copperas Cove resident since 1992, is the lead instructor and owner of OG’s School of Hair Design in Killeen, where he graduated as a student in 1996. The school celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Besides being an instructor and entrepreneur, Lane is an active member of Christian House of Prayer and considers himself a “servant of the people.”
When he’s not teaching, Lane dedicates his off time to speaking to juveniles in the Bell County system and high school students in Cove and other areas.
“I always believe that God gives each of us the ability of gifts, not only to obtain, but to pass them on to your community,” he said.
love of grooming and fashion
Lane was born in East St. Louis, Ill., in 1960. It was there, at an early age, his love for grooming and fashion grew.
“I would watch my mother and brothers cut hair at the local barber salon.” Lane said. “I then began taking an interest in it.”
Lane enlisted in the Army in the 1980s as a finance and accounting specialist and was stationed at Fort Hood.
“That is where I met (Bishop) Holcomb and (Pastor) Valerie, who also was in the Army with me. I was a (private first class) and he was a supply sergeant,” he said. “We befriended each other and started bible study together … and from there we started the church.”
That church was Christian House of Prayer, where Lane, one of the original members, has served as an usher and on the Pastoral Grooming Team.
“It was the love of the church and the community of Cove that made me stay after 20 years of serving in the U.S. Army,” Lane said.
Local community members speak highly of Lane, including Killeen Councilman Jonathan Okray, who served with him as a church usher.
“Mr. Lane is a pillar of the local church, community and in the classroom,” Okray said.
Kathy Bae Green, a Cove resident and Christian House of Prayer member for over 15 years, called Lane “one of the most influential people in this area.”
“Kevin is very humble and tremendous in his community,” she said.
Lane said he plans to continue to be a servant for the people, now and in the future.
“I see myself, today, as I see myself years from now — continuing to serve God, and most of all continuing to give back to the community,” he said.