Keenan & Lorie Smith - Lead Pastors
“When we lean in to the things of God, He is always able to pour into us.”
Keenan was born in 1962 in Decatur, Illinois. As a young man in high school, Keenan had a life-changing experience. When his father, an alcoholic, gave his heart to Jesus Christ, it brought radical change to the Smith household. Having witnessed genuine transformation in his father, Keenan also gave his life to the Lord—a decision that altered the course of his life forever. Obeying the call of God, Keenan entered the ministry in 1982. While serving God, he also started a small construction company, building homes and swimming pools.
Keenan’s wife, Lorie, was also born and raised in Decatur where her parents have pastored since 1961. Lorie was almost literally born in church, and that’s where she and Keenan first met. They were married in 1981. Lorie worked as a nurse in the early years of her marriage and later helped her husband build the construction company. During that time, Lorie never lost her main focus: raising their three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and assisting Keenan in the ministry.
In 1991, the couple sold their company and moved to the Houston area where Keenan ministered in Pasadena, Texas. In 1999, along with four close friends, he established Team Impact, an international group of professional athletes using their God-given abilities to capture imaginations and motivate hearts. Team Impact ministers to the whole family while touching the lives of nearly a million public school students each year—and thousands more at evening crusades around the world. Team Impact entertains and inspires young people by demonstrating feats of strength while teaching them to say "NO" to drugs and alcohol and encouraging them to chase their God-given dreams. Each year thousands are lead to the Lord Jesus Christ through Team Impact. Today, Team Impact is aired weekly on television programs in over 260 countries and ministers to some of the largest churches in America.
Keenan Smith became Lead Pastor of Crosby Church in 2003. Since then he has introduced fresh and exciting change. A man of positive dynamics, Keenan continues to stretch the Crosby Church congregation with biblical principles by developing a philosophy of Build the People, Build the Body, Build the Kingdom.
A firm believer in community involvement, Keenan has been a Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce member since 1995 and has served on the Chamber Board since 1996. In 2004, Keenan and his wife Lorie founded Crosby Care—Meeting the Needs of People, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers a low-cost alternative for groceries and helps to clothe hundreds of children every Christmas.