Meet Your GVBA Staff

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Karen Lynne (Hesley) Totton, Ministry Assistant

Karen joined Green Valley Baptist Association August 1, 1999.

Karen is the daughter of Richard & Polly Hesley. Karen was born on the Naval Base in Kittery, Maine on March 24, 1962 where her father served as a Marine Guard. Karen's family moved to Henderson in 1969 from Mobile, Alabama to be closer to her maternal grandparents, the late Rev. Dorris T. & Ella Mae Fulkerson.

She graduated from Henderson County High School in 1980. She married her husband, John, on October 19, 1985. They have 2 children: a son, Marshall, & daughter, Rachel. Marshall & his wife, Alyssa, have blessed John & Karen with 5 grandchildren: Alaina Ambers, Savannah Maree, Briley Lynn, Scarlett Nicole, and Logan Eugene Marshall. Rachel blessed them with Joshua Earl & Audrey Rose. In addition to spoiling her grandchildren, she enjoys cross stitch & crochet, riding horses (when she gets a chance), and playing games on her phone. John & Karen are active members of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Karen is a member of the BMAK (Baptist Ministry Assistants of Kentucky) where she has served as secretary & is currently serving as a Member at Large. Karen also holds membership in NAMA (National Association of Ministry Assistants).

You may contact her at (270)827-9867 or email her at

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Rev. Cohen Copley, Associational Missions Strategist

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, the Green Valley Baptist Association Executive Board voted to call Rev. Cohen Copley to serve as our Associational Missions Strategist. Bro. Cohen & his lovely wife, Angie, will be on the field May 1st.

Bro. Cohen was born on February 7, 1963. He married his lovely wife, Angie, on August 2, 1986. They have 2 children, Zebulon (33 years old) & Easton (31 years old). He holds a Master of Arts in Practical Ministries from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, a Master of Arts in Education: Secondary Guidance & Counseling & a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Health Education from the Eastern Kentucky University.

Bro. Cohen has served in ministry since 1998, the last 15 years he’s served as pastor for Falmouth Baptist Church. He has served as Moderator, Finance Committee & Credentials Committee for the Crittenden Baptist Association, on the Executive Board for the New Hope Center Pregnancy Care Center, Moderator for the Union Association of Baptists, the KBC Mission Board, Agencies & Institutions Committee, Finance Committee & Counseling Committee for Northern Ky Baptist Association, the Missions, & much more. He enjoys time outdoors hunting & fishing and enjoys watching sports especially the UK Wildcats.

We encourage you to come by & get to know him. We look forward to many years of leadership & working cooperatively together.

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Rev. Jeff Burke, Director of Community Ministries

As of October, 2015, Bro. Jeff Burke began serving as the GVBA Director of Community Ministries. 

Bro. Jeff has been married to his lovely wife, Janet, since August 22, 1981. They have two grown sons, Greg & Sam.

Bro. Jeff was ordained into the ministry at Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington, KY on Deember 12, 1976. In addition to Finely, he has served as pastor for Brannon Road Baptist Church in Lexington, Rogers Landing & Poole Baptist.