119 E. Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 414-4092
mayorcopelan@milledgevillega.us

Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan is the first female mayor of the city of Milledgeville, Ga., and the second African American mayor to hold this office. Mayor Copelan is a lifelong resident of Milledgeville. She is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.

Mayor Copelan serves on many boards, both locally and regionally. She currently serves as second Vice President of the Georgia Municipal Association for the 6th District region. Mayor Copelan is also part of the National Association of Realtors, the Georgia and International Association of Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows Association, where she has held the position of Executive Secretary at the State level, Statistician, and 2017-18 Key Lady at the State level.

Mayor Copelan is retired from the Department of Corrections as a Lieutenant and Certified Adjunct Instructor. She is also the Founder and CEO of Word of Life Interdenominational Bible Church where she serves as chief operator and pastor. Among her duties as both Mayor and pastor, education is high on her list of priorities. Both of her children as well as two of her grandchildren have received their formative years of education through the Baldwin County Public School System. Mayor Copelan is also currently a student at American Bible University, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. The Mayor’s favorite motto comes from the acclaimed film Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg: “If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you’ve got to wake up and pay attention.“

Mayor Copelan believes that education is the key that unlocks the door to unlimited possibilities. Let your tomorrow begin today by showing up and being present. The widely known philosopher Plato left a phenomenal quote to remind us that, “The Beginning is the most important part of the work.” We all should start early in life being very inquisitive and gaining knowledge about what makes things function in life. This element of curiosity in us fosters a desire for deeper learning and understanding.

Theology philosopher, C.S. Lewis, once said, “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” Always dream bigger than the day before, no matter how old you are!