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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 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

Jackson began his connection with Buechel Park as a summer intern in 2019. He also worked as an intern at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jackson founded and co-leads an inclusive “fresh expression” faith community in Lexington, Kentucky that creates dialogue on the importance of LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the Baptist tradition and seeks to include un-churched and de-churched people who have historically been excluded from Christ’s table. In October 2021, he returned to BPBC, stepping into leadership with our Youth Ministry. Since then he has been getting to know our youth and exploring creative ways to engage them in the life of the church. Jackson is a Senior at Transylvania University and is researching seminary possibilities for the Fall of 2022.

Kristofer Anderson

Interim Director of Music (Effective May 16, 2022)

Kristofer Anderson, a candidate for the Master of Music in Choral Conducting, earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree cum laude from the University of Louisville in the Spring of 2016. A recipient of the Henry Vogt Scholarship (formerly the Trustees Scholarship) for his undergraduate career, Mr. Anderson devoted himself to studies at the highest level under the direction of Dr. Kent Hatteberg, Bomi Lee, and his cooperating teacher Jacob Cook (director, Youth Performing Arts School). Prior to returning to the University of Louisville, Mr. Anderson was employed in leadership positions in various sectors in an effort to acquire skills that would be useful in any field.

As a master’s student, Mr. Anderson has maintained a high level of scholarship while also engaging in a variety of extracurriculars. Selected as the School of Music representative for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) upon starting his degree, Mr. Anderson has constantly engaged in discussion with the executive board to further the interests of his fellow graduate students, most notably in expanding the scope of GSC travel grants to apply to students performing, rather than just presenting, at conferences. In addition to his work with the GSC, Mr. Anderson was selected as the Technology Advisor for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) student chapter, facilitating and creating a digital archive of the meetings. In recognition of his studies, Mr. Anderson was recently awarded a Graduate Dean’s Citation, and was inducted into the honors societies of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.

In addition to his studies, Mr. Anderson works for the choral department as a Teaching Assistant, assisting Drs. Hatteberg and Ahn with the day-to-day operations of the undergraduate programs. In addition to the standard duties of making copies and participating in the choirs, Mr. Anderson takes on a variety of challenges that he sees as furthering his education and expanding his skillset. The bulk of this work has been taking on small- and large-scale recording projects, most notably producing audition tapes for the ACDA Student Conducting Masterclass for eight student applications, providing the recording for Benjamin Carter’s A Winter Night, which won the 2021 Kentucky Music Educators Association Collegiate Composition Competition, and recording undergraduate choir auditions for placement review. In addition to this, Mr. Anderson serves as the Assistant Director of the Singing Cardsmen under Austin Echols, and is consistently available to help move equipment, write programs, or provide technical support to members of the choral program.

Outside of the university, Mr. Anderson is very active in the community and previously served as a member of the Louisville Chamber Choir and a section leader for weekly services and monthly Choral Evensong at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. He also remains on the payroll at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church as a soloist, choir member, and/or substitute director for special services, weddings, and funerals. After he graduates, Mr. Anderson is seeking employment as a teacher to gain experience prior to applying for DMA programs.

Leigh Meers

Administrative Assistant

Leigh Meers is a native of Louisville and joined the Buechel Park Baptist Church staff in May 2014. If you come by the office during the week, she is likely the first person you will see. Leigh brings extensive experience as a conference and meeting planner/senior administrative assistant to BPBC.  She is an organization pro, keeping up with our calendar, worship guides, newsletters, coordinating building usage and contracts, along with so much more.


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

Beginning with BPBC as the organist in 2018, Shelley assumed the role of Music Associate the next year. In addition to providing service  music and rehearsing with the choir and other ensembles, she also leads the Handbell Choir. During the week, she is an Executive Assistant at a wealth management firm and mother to three fantastic kids.

Luann Johnson


Luann Johnson was born and reared in Childersburg, Talladega County (home of the Talladega 500 and birthplace of Gomer Pyle), Alabama.  She began playing piano and organ at her church while in High School and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alabama’s University of Montevallo with a major in Organ (Church Music) and a minor in Piano. In 1980 Luann moved to Louisville where she continued playing at churches and now has over fifty years of service in church music. Luann also taught elementary school in Montevallo and Louisville (JCPS) until she retired in 2012. Luann’s daughter Elizabeth and grandson Camron also live in Louisville, and in addition to spending time with them, she enjoys reading, quilting, playing scrabble, and loving on her five-pound rescued toy poodle, Jack Henry.


Enricco “Ricco” Clarkson


Since 2017, Ricco has been helping us keep our BPBC facilities cleaned and prepared for the many ministries and programs that are a part of our mission. He is here in the evenings and on the weekends, so his work is often behind the scenes. If you see him, be sure to say hello and introduce yourself! During the day, Ricco is an Operations Manager at UofL Health Care.