Karen Thomas Smith
Sunday, May 15, 10:45 a.m.
Since 1996, Karen Thomas Smith, a Kentucky native, has served as Christian Chaplain at Al Akhawayn University, in Ifrane, Morocco. Karen coordinates the partnership among Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and the Protestant Church in Morocco. Karen is married to Kevin Smith, professor of Computer Science at Al Akhawayn University; they have one daughter, Claire Amal (Arabic for "hope")Lexington Avenue Baptist Church has been blessed to have Karen, Kevin and Claire living in Danville for the past few months.
Karen works with Muslim colleagues in this university setting that seeks to be a place of dialogue and understanding between persons of different faiths and cultures. The Christian community she leads is ecumenical: Protesant, Catholic, and Orthodox worshiping together. She also serves as one of two Protestants on Morocco's National Council of Churches. Karen is a graduate of Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky (B.A. Philosophy and French), Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (MDiv), and St. John's University (Benedictine) Collegeville, Minnesota (M.A. in Theology and Spirituality). She worked for a year in Burkina Faso and nine years in refugee resettlement in Atlanta before moving to Morocco.