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Meet the Staff

The University Ministries staff is here to assist you in any way possible.  We are honored to be able to serve you during your time at Belmont.  Please feel free to stop in and see us at the University Ministries (UM) office, located on the first floor of Gabhart Student Center.

Belmont University Ministries staff

Heather Daugherty
University Minister

Heather Daugherty has spent the last 14 years working and ministering on college campuses. Her passion in working with students is helping them to discover how their faith impacts their everyday life – from the career that they choose to where they live to how they spend their money. She also loves to plan worship and preaches whenever she has the opportunity. Heather is an avid runner, has taken more than her fair share of naps, and loves trips that lead to the beach or Disney World. She is married to Brad, a scholar of ancient Christianity, and together they have 2 amazing children.

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Christy Ridings
Associate University Minister & Director of Spiritual Formation

Christy did her undergraduate work right here at Belmont and earned her Masters in Ministry Leadership at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, OR. For the past 19 years, she has been involved in various campus ministry areas at Belmont and Vanderbilt University as well as coordinating collegiate events/ministries across the nation. She loves cooking, architecture, NHL hockey and is passionate about students. Her vocation has been, and always will be, focused toward the next generation, hearing their stories and being present for some of their most formational moments! To contact Christy, stop by University Ministries or email her at


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Joshua Riedel
Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation

Josh did his undergraduate work at George Fox University in Oregon and it was during his time as an undergraduate that he discovered his love for collegiate ministry. Consequently, he went on to earn his Master’s in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University. Josh feels called to help students navigate the complexities of the college experience and come alongside them as they begin to wrestle with some of life’s toughest questions. Josh is married to Kirsten, who also works in higher education, and together they love to cook, hike, and play lots of board games. To contact Josh, stop by University Ministries or email him at

Belmont University Ministries staff

LaReace Carr

University Ministries Assistant