We are Matt and Dani Smith, a Christ-centered, passionate couple that has a heart for people. Our desire is for people to experience true life: Jesus Christ, in and through the believer!
Matt is a thoughtful communicator with a passion for others to know and experience the life in Christ that he has found. Matt grew up in Temple, TX and graduated from Baylor University in 2002 with a BA in Speech Communication. He finished one full year at Truett Seminary before he began as Minister to Students at First Baptist Church of Temple. Matt served as Youth Minister at FBC Temple for three and a half years before God called him to start LIFe Ministries in 2006.
In December of 2012, Matt joined the staff at Bent Tree Bible in Carrollton as the Young Adults Pastor where he is developing ministries for college students, young professionals, and engaged couples.
Matt met his wife Dani while at Baylor and they married in June of 2001. They welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Ania, in 2003, their second daughter, Sophie, in 2005, their third daughter, Lila, in 2007, and their first son, Boden, in 2013.
Dani grew up in West Linn, OR and graduated from Baylor University in 2001 with a B.S. in Education. She taught 3rd grade for two years in Waco before the arrival of their first daughter. While Matt was a youth pastor, Dani led small groups for girls and was able to watch God begin transforming lives. She now works part-time for LIFe Ministries; carrying out the day-to-day operations and serving and discipling young women.
Matt and Dani co-lead for marriage and parenting events. When the conference/event is not for marriages or parenting, Matt does most of the speaking. If requested, Matt and Dani will lead a conference/event as a team.
Our objective is that believers will understand who God is and who they are in Him, and our prayer is that as we share what God's Word teaches about their identity in Christ, they will be transformed by the renewing of their minds. (Romans 12:2)