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Alumni

When you graduate from the College of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont University, you are prepared to engage actively, think critically and live passionately. Our Alumni go on to do truly amazing things. College of Theology and Christian Ministry Alumni attend seminary or divinity school, live and work abroad, serve in churches, non-profits and other ministries, pursue artistic endeavors, start their own businesses, and most importantly - follow their calling.

It is our sincere hope that each and every one of our Alumni leave Belmont passionate about serving others and responding to God's call on their life.

 

Larry Terrell Crudup

Larry Terrell Crudup

Larry Terrell Crudup is the Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. He has previously work as the Assistant Pastor and Elder of Teaching & Ministries at Sweet Home - The Pinnacle of Praise in Round Rock, TX, and the Director of Christian Education at St. Mark Baptist Church of Dallas, TX. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and The Arts from Belmont University he went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University, and he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, OH. 

"Belmont was the foundational step for me to see my vocation aa pastor, prophet, and public theologian." 

 

Chansin Esparza

Chansin Esparza

Chansin Esparza is a 2008 graduate of the College of Theology and Christian Ministry. She went on to earn an M.Div from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor. She has served as a youth minister, connection minister, and minister to young adults. She now serves as the Associate Pastor at Life in the City, a Methodist church in Austin, Texas where she lives with her husband and two kids. 

"Before coming to Belmont, I didn't know it was possible for God to call me into pastoral ministry. But God had! The professors and students supported me, showed me how to read Scripture, and opened my heart to issues of justice, spiritual formation, doctrine, and so much more."

 

Trey Hayman

Trey Hayman

Trey Hayman graduated from Belmont in May 2015 with a double major in Christian Leadership and Psychology. Since then, he has served at Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville as the Minister of Students. His daily itinerary for work is constantly changing. Some days it looks like office work, some days like graphic design, some days like leading worship or preparing a sermon, and other days like manual labor. The joy of his job is that he gets to pour into middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students of diverse backgrounds to help them follow in the ways of Jesus. He didn’t expect to work in the local church when he entered into Belmont, but he's honored to get to serve in the good work God is doing through His Body. He was ordained into the ministry in August of 2016 and is currently pursuing my M.Div at Fuller Theological Seminary.

"Belmont gave me space to discern who I am and what I’m meant to do. Through opportunities at Belmont, I found God gifted me in ways I didn’t expect and made connections that will last a lifetime. I am forever grateful for the good work God did in me and in so many others through the CTCM.”

 

Meghan Gwaltney Manrique

Meghan Gwaltney Manrique

Meghan is a 2010 graduate of the College of Theology and Christian Ministry. After graduating from Belmont, Meghan spent two years living and teaching English in Lima, Peru. Once returning to the States, she earned a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, with a particular focus on eucharistic theology and pastoral care. God’s quiet whisper to pastoral ministry has lead her to pursue ordination to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Currently, she is completing a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency as a Chaplain Resident at Nashville’s VA Hospital. 

"My Belmont professors encouraged me to rethink the boundaries of my faith. Theology and ministry did not stay within the walls of the classroom, theology and ministry became a living, breathing part of my interaction with culture, arts, and the world."

 

Daniel Warner

Daniel Warner

Daniel Warner is a 2013 graduate of the School of Religion (now the College of Theology & Christian Ministry). He has since earned an M.U.Ed. from Union University through the Memphis Teacher Residency, and is now in his fifth year teaching American history at a public high school in Memphis, TN. Additionally, Daniel designs curriculum for Shelby County Schools and serves each summer as an adjunct professor for Union University's Master in Urban Education program, training new MTR residents in culturally competent pedagogy and Christian worldview. 

“My time in the Belmont School of Religion inculcated in me the meaningfulness of liturgy, beauty, and mystery as well as a Christian responsibility to God's image bearers pushed to the margins of our society.”