Pastors Mary Springstead &Peggy Smity

The Tolles Street Mission was founded by Reverend Peggy Smith, a divine appointment of God in November 1988 two weeks before Thanksgiving.

The mission was conceived and established on the Word of God with three fundamental scriptures:

Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

Luke 4:18-19 (KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Psalm 91:1-2 (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Reverend & Founder Peggy Smith
Rev. Peggy Odessa Smith, of Nashua, formerly of Stoughton, Mass, was born in Baltimore on Jan. 10, 1942. The only survivor of triplets, she and her family later moved to the Boston area, where she attended Jeremiah Burke High School and University of Massachusetts. Later, she met and married Leroy Herman Smith (of Cambridge, Mass.) in Nov. 1959. This union raised their five children, daughters Cynthia Washington and Michelle Smith of Nashua; sons, Rev. Lawrence L. Smith of Holbrook, Mass., Rev. David B. Smith of Bridgeport, Conn., and Stephan Smith of Brockton, Mass. Sadly, the marriage ended in 1986. Peggy, following the leading of the Lord Jesus Christ, moved to Nashua with a heart overflowing with love and compassion for the poor and needy children and families caught up in the ills of poverty, hunger and the wickedness of drug and alcohol abuse. Through much prayer and obedience to the Lord, Rev. Peggy Smith founded, the Tolles Street Mission in Nashua. For almost two decades, Rev. Peggy fed, clothed, loved and in some cases taught parenting skills to all those who needed this kind of help in the city of Nashua. The food pantry was open at least three days a week. Rev. Peggy also met the spiritual needs of this community by starting a small church and offering Sweet Hour of Pray daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. She also had weekly Bible study and Biblical counseling to all those that needed it, at no cost and with no strings attached. Like most things in life, nothing can be accomplished single handedly and Tolles Street Mission is no different. On Dec. 29, 2007, Rev. Peggy Odessa Smith, of Nashua, formerly of Stoughton, Mass., went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 29, 2007. The Smith family wishes to thank the team of people who stood by our mother in this vital ministry to the community of Nashua, Pastor Mary Springstead, Jarretta Copeland, Angela Skinner, Jaclyn Carrey, Samuel and Jennifer Jordan. We will miss her dearly.


Senior Pastor Mary L. Springstead
Pastor Mary Springstead
has served in leadership at the side of Pastor Peggy Smith for 20 years. Pastor Mary is a wealth of God’s Love, to The Tolles Street Mission and the community.  Pastor Mary has been a pillar in the ongoing ministry, working in the food pantry, the clothes closet, and prayer warrior at noon day prayer. She serves as Pastor, mentor, board member, food pantry volunteer, speaker and spiritual advisor to the community. Prior in serving the Mission she has been a devoted and spiritual leader for over 40 years. The Tolles Street Mission is blessed to have her as our Senior Pastor and friend. She makes a difference in the lives of those who come to her for help. We honor her for her labor of love to the community. Senior Retired Pastor, Mary L. (Gilmore) Springstead, 91, of Merrimack New Hampshire, passed away peacefully and went home to the Lord in her home on April 11, 2014 surrounded by members of her loving and devoted family. We will surely miss her spiritual love and presence.

Associate Pastor James Murphy (Retired) A dedicated man, called by God, AND anointed by God to serve God and The Tolles Street Mission. James Murphy was a long-standing member of Tolles Street Mission and served as Assistant Pastor under Bishop Josephine Norwood. He spearheaded the men’s ministry, inspiring men of all ages and nationalities, empowering them and equipping them to stand in Christian faith becoming leaders in the church, community and family. Pastor Murphy retired in 2016 and we all thank him for his many years of service and support, for not only Tolles Street Mission but also our community as well. May our Lord or GOD, bless him and his family.



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