BPBC Ministry Staff
Rev. Erica Whitaker
Erica Whitaker is a Texas native. She, along with her husband Josh and their two dogs, Fred and Lucy, came to Louisville, KY in September 2016. Before moving to Kentucky, she served as a pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Erica has a Master of Divinity degree from Baylor University George W. Truett Seminary and a Bachelors of Arts and Science from the University of North Texas. Erica also has five units of Clinical Pastoral Education and has served as associate pastor of several churches across Texas. Erica is a member of the EmpowerWest group of black and white pastors coming to together to empower the west end of Louisville by means of education and economic development. She is a monthly write for Baptist News Global and is currently writing her first fantasy novel for publication. She is a passionate preacher, an avid reader, a world traveler and a lover of coffee and creation.
Rev. Sara Clark Turpin
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Sara Turping was born and raised in Louisville, KY and has served Buechel Park Baptist Church since 2013. She earned a Mastor of Divinity degree from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a ABchelor of Science from Georgetown College with majors in Religion and Business Administration: Management and minors in Church Music and Psychology. She has been both a Coorperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Execitive Committee. before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist CHurch in Louisville for almost four years. SHe loves spending time with her hubsand, Neal and their son, Luke, as well as watching a good television comedy, playing the flute and training for the Debery Mini Marathon each year.
Interim Music Director
Matthew Butterfield is currently the general music education teacher at La Grange Elementary in La Grange, KY and has been there since 2015. During his tenure at L.G.E.S. Mr. Butterfield has developed various programs that include chorus, drama, world drumming, ukulele ensembles, and has created a successful musical theater program that includes productions of Disney’s “The Jungle Book”, “Aladdin”, and “Mulan”. Prior to his appointment at Lagrange he was the band director at Trimble County Middle and High School (2014-2015). He also served as the general music education teacher at Willis H. Justice Elementary in Winchester, Kentucky from 2013 until 2014.Mr. Butterfield holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Murray State University, a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of the Cumberlands. Mr. Butterfield is a recent cancer survivor and in his spare time is an avid cook and also enjoys working part time at Williams Sonoma.
A native of Louisville, Leigh joined the Buechel Park Baptist Church staff in May 2014. She brings extensive experience as a conference and meeting planner/senior administrative assistant to BPPC.
Nicole began working as with Parent’s Day Out in May 2000 and became the director in May 2004. She graduated from Sullivan University in 2013 with an Associate of Science Degree in early Childhood education, the Professional Nanny Diploma, and has earned the Kentucky Early Childhood Director’s Credential Certificate. She loves working with young children and see the world through their eyes.
On May 20th, 2018 Kevin graduated with his Associates of Arts in Religious Studies and is now about to embark on his last semester as a senior at Simmons College of Kentucky, the nation’s 107th HBCU, where he will also receive his Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies (Fall 2019). He has just recently been accepted into the Masters of Divinity Program (2020) with a concentration in Black Church Studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Kevin is also a devoted husband to his wife Jay Adams and a loving father to their two girls Nyla and Aniya Adams. Kevin loves to read books and write. His passion includes spending quality time with his family, cooking with his wife and being outdoors. He also loves to have fun and to laugh and loves to binge watch channels like HGTV and the travel channel. He and his family are very excited about becoming a part of the Buechel Park Baptist Church family and connecting with all the members as the months go by. Kevin is looking forward to growing, learning and serving with everyone in ministry.
Keith is currently in the MDiv program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was born and raised in a Christian home. The Christian faith was passed down from both sets of grandparents to his parents and they passed it down to he and his siblings. They taught that faith in Jesus Christ and following his ways was better than following the ways of the world. Keith is so thankful that he was introduced to Jesus at a young age. He is married to his wonderful wife, Kelsey. They have been married for over 10 years and we have two beautiful children, Kezziah (7) and Theodore (5) and a little one on the way coming into the world in October 2019. He is so thankful for a wife that loves Jesus and has the same desire to serve him like I do. Alongside my love for Jesus and people, he love sports, board games, time spent with family, and a good cup of coffee.