Meet Our Ministers

Pastor, Chad Hess, Pastor

Chad Hess has been a member of Woodmont Baptist since 2002. Chad and his wife, Janna, have one son, Stone. He graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2006 with a degree in secondary education. Chad also has a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as the student minister at Woodmont Baptist Church from 2006-2015. He then became Campus Pastor at Shoals Christian School and taught 9-12 grade Bible classes there for two years. Chad has been serving as senior pastor since February 2017. Email: 

Steve Thompson, AdministratorAssociate Pastor in Education / Administration 

Steve Thompson - Steve has been at Woodmont since 1993. He holds a Christian Education degree from Samford University and Master of Theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve enjoys spending time with his family, eating out at restaurants, and on his off days he paints houses. Steve and his wife Cinda have a son Seth (Seth married Amy Daugherty in June of 2012 and gave us our first grandchild, Rhett, on September 21, 2013), daughter Rebekah, recently graduated from UNA and starting her nursing career, and daughter Hannah who attends UNA. Email:

Kevin Reese, Music MinisterMusic Minister

Kevin Reese - Kevin has been at Woodmont since June, 2002. He also serves as the director of Woodmont Academy of Fine Arts, which he started in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri. He and his wife Corinne have three children: Lydia, Gabriel, and Suzanne. Email:

Belinda Green, Singles

Singles & Family 

MinisterBelinda Green - Belinda has been at Woodmont since 1987. She serves as the Single Adult/Single Parent Family Minister. She also coordinates the DivorceCare program as well as theFamily Life Ministry at Woodmont. She and her husband Danny have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Email:

Denise Coats, Children, preschoolChildren's Minister

Denise Coats - Denise has been a member of Woodmont Baptist Church since 1993. She was on staff with King Kids until 2004. She has been on staff as Preschool / Children's Minister since 2004. She and her husband Tony have two sons, Matthew and Mark, a daughter, Mary Beth, a daughter in-law Katye and 2 grandchildren Cohen and Maura Kate. Email:

Youth Minister Jarod Grimes, Students, Minister, Youth

Jarod Grimes has been attending Woodmont since August 2013. He served as Interim Student Minister since July 2015. He became the Youth Minister in June, 2017. He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Exercise Science. He served in the United States Army for 7 years with a tour in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Sheena, have a son, Xander, and a daughter, Ryder Bell. You may contact Bro. Jarod by email at:

Assistance, Help, Food, Becky, utilities Becky Daugherty (Personal Ministries Director)

Becky has attended Woodmont since August 1987. She has served on the Social Service Committee for the past ten years and as Personal Ministries Director since August 2006. Becky has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing, as well as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from UAB and a Master’s Degree in counseling from UNA. She and her husband Patrick have three daughters and eight grand-children. You may contact Becky at 256-766-1255 Ext. 12 or by email:

Assistance, utilities, food, LorettaLoretta Young (Personal Ministries Assistant Director)

Loretta is a retired missionary, who has made Florence her home. Prior to becoming a missionary, Loretta was a teacher and coach in school districts in Auburn, IN, Schaumburg, IL, Arlington, TX and Ripley, TN. She went to Florianopolis, Brazil as a Southern Baptist Convention missionary in 2000 and stayed for 9 ½ years. Her main task there was to help the Urban Poor team establish new Baptist congregations and present the Gospel throughout the new communities. Her specific responsibilities were teaching conversational English classes, leading sports classes and working with new praise teams. Ms. Young has two married brothers who live just North of Muskeegon, MI along with three nieces and their families. She has a married nephew who lives in Red Oak, TX and another living in Tuscon, AR. You may contact Loretto at 256-766-1255 Ext. 12 or by email at: