Karen Smith

Assistant Professor of Women’s Programs



Karen A. Smith accepted the role of Director of Women’s Ministries for Shepherds Theological Seminary on July 1, 2018. The focus of her ministry will be providing mentoring and counseling for women from a Biblical perspective.


Karen holds a B.A. in Communications from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Family Ministry & Women’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.


She has been a frequent writer and speaker on family and women’s issues. Her prior teaching experience includes teaching the material of three papers in doctoral seminars at Southwestern Baptist Seminary, as well as teaching experience at Cary Christian School, where she received a Teaching Achievement Award, and at Cresset Christian Academy. She is also responsible for creating two graduate level courses for seminary M.Div. or M.A. programs in women’s ministry: Ministry to Women and Women and Their Families.


Her areas of research include the theology of family ministry and women’s ministry, critical issues in women’s ministry, and the family lives of the Luthers and the Edwards.


Karen lives in Raleigh and was drawn to ministry at STS because of the seminary’s commitment to mentoring, its size, and her agreement with its doctrinal statement.




PhD Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA Pepperdine University