Meet Karen


Karen VanMatre Smith met Jesus at the age of 7, and answered the call to become a missionary doctor by the time she was 8.

She is an ordained minister, licensed through Judah 1 Ministries and commissioned by City Church Amarillo. A 1983 graduate of the City of Light School of Ministry, under Charles and Frances Hunter, she has worked for Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Hilton Sutton Ministries and several churches.

She attended Texas A&M University as a President’s Endowed Scholar, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts.

She was a Regents Fellow in the Texas A&M University Graduate College of Education and earned a Master of Education there.  During this time she became a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in Education.

She attended UT Southwestern Medical School, and received her M.D. degree in 2003, followed by residency training at the JPS Family Medicine Residency in Fort Worth.  She is the grateful recipient of numerous awards as a family physician, and works closely with the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has volunteered with various missionary-sending organizations, including Baptist Student Ministries, Agape Unlimited, Agape Walk, Kenneth Copeland Ministries,  Judah 1, and the United Methodist Church.

Along the way, she taught school in private, public and corporate settings for a total of twelve years.

She married George Smith in 1988, and has raised five amazing children with him.

Her passions are reaching the lost, serving the underserved, and helping Christians find wholeness, healing and peace.  One of her favorite observations is that her education was spirit first, then mind, then body.

A gifted preacher and thought-provoking speaker, she is available for church services, women’s meetings, classes, and seminars, as well as medical outreaches and mission trips.   She is absolutely committed to excellence in ministry, both regarding Biblical truth and financial integrity.

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