Co-Pastor Tongela D. Smith, Assistant Pastor of Faith Works Christian Center, has passionately answered the call to open minds and touch hearts with biblically based principles of inner healing and personal empowerment. Smith, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Once a backup vocalist for James Brown and a single mother struggling to discover her own identity admits that she learned some of life’s most important lessons the hard way. But God stepped in and turned her misery into her ministry.
Tongela combines her personal spiritual journey, leadership wisdom, and depth of spiritual understanding to help expose and shatter the forces that hold human souls captive. Her purpose is fully wrapped in empowering people of all walks of life to break free from the social, psychological, and physical limitations caused by toxic belief systems and the scars of life. Currently Smith is the co-founder and CEO of New Direction Community Network Inc. 501c3 non-profit agency, established to provide mentoring fostering academic accomplishment, positive character development, healthy lifestyles, and leadership skills.
Tongela is a Certified Life Coach and the CEO of IMPACT Life Coaching and Smith Mediation Services. She’s a devout mother of 4, mother-in love of 2 and grand-mother of 2.
Together Ken and Tongela are committed to the vision of empowering and imparting into the lives of the individuals and extending the global message of Hope & Faith to the community and around the world.