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Buechel Park Staff

Rev. Sara Clarke Turpin

Interim Senior Pastor / Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Sara Turpin was born and raised in Louisville, KY and has served Buechel Park Baptist Church since 2013. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor 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 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Executive Committee. Before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist Church in Louisville for four years. At BPBC, she loves engaging children, youth, and their families in the stories of God and God’s people and involving people of all ages in the ministry of the church. She loves spending time with her husband, Neal and their children, Luke and Nora, as well as watching a good television comedy, playing the flute, and staying physically active.

Kevin Adams

Interim Minister of Congregational Care

Kevin Adams began serving and learning at Buechel Park in April 2019. He graduated with his Associate of Arts in Religious Studies in 2018 and his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Simmons College of Kentucky, the nation’s 107th HBCU in 2019. He began his studies toward a Master of Divinity with Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in 2020. 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 passions include spending quality time with his family, cooking with his wife and being outdoors. He also loves to have fun, to laugh, and to binge watch channels like HGTV and the travel channel. Kevin enjoys growing, learning and serving with everyone in ministry.

Jackson Campbell

Interim Minister with Youth


VACANT – Now Hiring!

Music Director

Our 95-year-old Baptist Congregation is seeking a part-time music director. This person would be responsible for developing, maintaining, and promoting the music ministry of the Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville. The Music Director will also serve as a leader in the worship services, giving direction to the congregational singing, choir, and other phases of worship as appropriate.  A few specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: assist the pastors in planning congregational services of the church and be responsible for selecting the music; direct major service choirs and other choirs or ensembles as the personal schedule will permit; keep informed on current music methods, materials, promotional ideas, and administrative techniques; meet regularly with the Pastor and staff to plan and implement worship for weekly services and special events throughout the year.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume to pastor@bpbaptist.org


Leigh Meers

Administrative Assistant

Leigh Meers is a native of Louisville and joined the Buechel Park Baptist Church staff in May 2014. She brings extensive experience as a conference and meeting planner/senior administrative assistant to BPBC.


Nicole Davis

Preschool Director

Nicole Davis began working as with Parents’ 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 seeing the world through their eyes. Nicole serves as director of BPBC Parents’ Day Out and oversees our nursery and preschool ministry.

Shelley Shumate

Music Associate



Luann Johnson


Luann Johnson was born and reared in Childersburg, Talladega County (home of the Talladega 500 and birthplace of Gomer Pyle), Alabama.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montevallo (in Alabama), with a major in organ and a minor in piano, continued her education for certification to teach elementary school, and taught several years at Montevallo Elementary School before moving to Louisville in 1980.  While teaching in Louisville at Cochran Elementary and Schaffner Elementary, she received from the University of Louisville a Master of Education Degree and Rank I with an emphasis in Reading. Luann has played piano and organ at churches in Alabama and in Louisville, and for several years has been a substitute instrumentalist at Buechel Park Baptist Church.  In spring of 2020 she became the permanent pianist at Buechel Park. Luann’s daughter Elizabeth and grandson Camron live in Louisville.  Since retiring from teaching, her hobbies include reading, quilting, playing scrabble, and loving on her 5 pound rescued toy poodle, Jack Henry.


Ricco Clarkson