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Chad Hess



Chad Hess has been a member of Woodmont Baptist since 2002. Chad and his wife, Janna, have two sons, Stone & Hollis. 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.

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Steve Thompson

Associate Pastor in Education / Administration


Steve Thompson 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 and twin grandsons Owen and Jackson on 5/26/17, daughter Rebekah, a registered nurse, and daughter Hannah who is pusuing a Library Science degree from University of Alabama.

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Ryan Leffel

Worship Pastor


Ryan Leffel joined the staff in April 2019. Ryan and his wife, Kelly, have three sons, William, Harrison and Haynes. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music. Ryan also has a Master of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kelly is a 2003 & 2005 graduate of the University of North Alabama with degrees in Marketing, Public Relations and Business. Ryan served churches in Montgomery, Athens, and Birmingham prior to coming to Florence.

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Belinda Green

Singles & Family


Minister Belinda Green 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 the Family Life Ministry at Woodmont. She and her husband Danny have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

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Jarod Grimes

Youth Minister


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.

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Hope Murphy

Children's Minister


Hope Murphy attended Woodmont as a child and became a member in 2000. Hope has two sons, Glenn and Teddy. She carries a degree in Psychology from Troy University and a Masters in Counseling from Auburn University. The Lord called Hope to a life of children, preschool, and family ministry in the Spring of 2015 after a year of serving at Parkway Baptist Church in Auburn as a children's intern. She has 8 years of ministry experience. Hope has been children's minister at Woodmont since March 2019.

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Becky Daugherty

Personal Ministries Director


Becky Daugherty 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.

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Becky Foster

Pianist/ Orchestra Director


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