Iam Tongela Smith


Certified Life Coach

Pastor Tongela D. Smith, Co-Pastor of Faith Works Christian Center, McDonough GA. has passionately answered the call to open minds and touch hearts with biblically based principles of inner healing and personal empowerment.

A Preacher, Teacher, Psalmist and Worship Leader; Smith of Niagara Falls, N.Y., partially raised by her grandparents, was no stranger to the experience of pain, hardship, and struggle. Once a backup vocalist for the godfather of soul, 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.

Pastor 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. of Syracuse New York. She works along side her devoted husband and President of New Direction Inc., Pastor Kenneth Smith. New Direction Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit agency established to provide mentoring and tutoring services to at-risk youth fostering academic accomplishment, positive character development, healthy lifestyles and leadership skills.

Pastor Tongela is a Certified Life Coach and the CEO of Smith Mediation, Coaching and Consulting Services LLC.

Pastor Tongela takes great pride and honor in serving in the many facets of ministry and her community outreach while answering the call to devout motherhood of 4, grandmother of 2 and her marriage of over 27 years.