Kristi Smith

Care Director

What makes Kristi feel most alive is connecting to God and people in real ways. She believes God’s presence is most powerfully experienced in the honesty of our brokenness. There is no need to pretend or to try and impress her. She would much rather talk to you honestly about her struggles and God’s mercy. She has learned that religion does not need to be acover up for our sins but instead can be a chance to uncover God’s grace. From an early age Kristi dreamed of becoming a missionary and sharing God’s love. Through the years she has served as leader in youth, women’s, and singles ministries. She has also loved being a worship leader, Bible study teacher, and director of pastoral care. Her most challenging roles are that of being a widow and empty-nester. On October 4, 2011, Kristi became a widow when her husband died suddenly at the age of 48. This new season of life as a widow has placed her in a unique position to infuse others with renewed hope. Kristi is the bestselling author of “DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully.” With a degree in Psychology and 30 years of ministry experience, Kristi has a solid knowledge of how the mind, body, and spirit work together. It is this spiritual perspective that transcends the traditional view of life and brings authentic power. (For more info about Kristi’s book visit As the Family Ministry Director at South Campus, Kristi begins the next stage of her life with new dreams in her heart. She says it is important to dare to dream, at any age and any stage. She loves live music, belly laughing, meeting new people, hanging out with old friends, and visiting her family. Be sure to ask her to tell you about “The Potty Parable.”