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