Keaton & Miranda Mathis
Family Services Support
Miranda was born and raised in the beautiful Tennessee foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Since completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, she has spent most of her time fiercely advocating for those with mental health disorders and intellectual disabilities, as well as other underprivileged and minority groups. Miranda fell in love with refugees during her first summer serving with For the Nations and knew immediately that’s where she wanted to invest her life. Miranda joined FTN in the summer of 2018. She works in the Family Services Department helping refugees navigate various aspects of life in America. Miranda completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in the spring of 2019 and will be using that degree to bring healing to refugee students who have suffered tremendous loss. Miranda and Keaton have one child, a daughter named Theya. When Miranda isn’t serving, you will likely find her reading, watching movies, enjoying music, chasing her and Keaton’s little rascal around, and exploring what the world around us has to offer. Miranda loves using her education and passion for people to impact the lives of refugees in Dallas.
Keaton grew up in the small farm town of Story City, Iowa. At 20, he joined the United States Army where he served proudly and honorably for 3 years. During that time, Keaton lived in multiple places while serving our country and fellow man. This included a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, where Keaton first began to truly understand the depth and pain of war. It wasn’t until his first summer trip to For the Nations that Keaton saw God bring his experience overseas full circle with the ministry being provided there. God planted a seed that week that continues to grow and develop. Though Keaton considers himself a jack-of-all-trades, he is a seasoned welder and diesel mechanic. He is excited to use this skill set to serve the refugee community in Dallas in unique and innovative ways. When not serving, Keaton enjoys hunting, watching sports, barbecuing and playing pool.
Keaton, Miranda, and Theya’s family hobbies include traveling, watching football, taking in the great outdoors in every possible way, and snuggling with their two dogs, Cora and Lila.