Keaton & Miranda Mathis

Family Services Support

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 watching college sports, barbecuing and playing pool.

Miranda is a Southern Sweetie, 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 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. When Miranda isn’t serving or going to school she enjoys reading, movies, music and exploring what the world around her has to offer. She is enthusiastic about using her education and passion for people to impact the lives of refugees in Dallas. Miranda will join the team while completing her final year of graduate school at the University of Iowa, where she will graduate with a Master of Social Work in 2019.

Their shared hobbies include traveling, hunting, the great outdoors and snuggling with their two dogs, Cora and Lila. Keaton and Miranda are eager to dive into full-time ministry in the bright lights of the big city.