MEET THE TEAM

Pastor Jeffrey & Nicola Smith
Lead Pastor

Jeffrey & Nicola Smith are the Lead Pastors at Strong Tower in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Strong Tower is a thriving church located just south of Washington D.C. Since its beginning in 1995, the church has been a place of restoration and hope for people from all walks of life. Today it continues to make significant impact throughout the central Virginia region and around the world.

Pastor Smith’s communication style is passionate, practical, and engaging. His focus is on reaching people with the empowering message of Jesus Christ, developing leaders, and building the local church.

Pastor Smith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Bowling Green State University and was subsequently employed by IBM as a marketing representative. Following IBM, he worked for National City Bank in Toledo, Ohio, as a Trust Administrator/Officer and became head of the Corporate Trust Department. After his corporate experience he served in pastoral ministry for nearly twenty years under Bishop Michael Pitts at Cornerstone Church in Toledo, Ohio. In addition, Pastor Smith serves as Director of Cornerstone Global Network under the leadership of Bishop Pitts. It is a network of over 80 churches throughout the United States, Mexico, and the U.K.

Pastor Smith has a passion for helping pastors and leaders push their vision forward. As president of JSS Consulting Inc. he helps today’s leaders reach new heights in ministry. He is also a certified executive coach through the world renowned Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California. His extensive corporate and ministry background has made him uniquely qualified to assist pastors and leaders in reaching their next level. After years of working with pastors and leaders he has developed keen insight in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, systems implementation, and enhancing staff productivity. He is sought after for his expertise in consulting leaders and helping them realize their untapped potential.

Nicola Smith was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She is a graduate from Bowling Green State University with a BA of Science degree in Education. Nicola’s professional portfolio includes a variety of teaching experiences from elementary through postsecondary education. She also homeschooled her own children for 10 years. In addition she served in the Army National Guard for 8 years as an Administrative Assistant.  
 
Nicola received Christ as her Lord and Savior at a campus bible study led by her friend Jeffrey Smith whom she married shortly after graduating college. Nicola has served alongside her husband in ministry for over 20 years. Her huge heart of compassion fuels her desire to build God’s kingdom and be an agent of healing and transformation. Nicola is passionate about ministering to women and equipping them to to live life free and fulfilled in Christ. She is also motivated to see children grow in faith and become everything that God has created them to be. Ministry opportunities have also taken Nicola to Mexico, Laftia and India. Nicola sees her life as a grand adventure that continues to unfold with excitement and possibility. 
Pastors Jeffrey & Nicola have been married since July 11, 1992 and have three amazing children Lauren, Kristin and Jeffrey Michael.

Pastor Jeffrey & Nicola Smith

Pastor Jeffrey & Nicola Smith

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Jimmy Cordova
Director of Family Life

jimmy@strongtowerlive.com

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Richard Davis
Director of Fine Arts

richard@strongtowerlive.com

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Heather Posthumus
Director of Involvement

heather@strongtowerlive.com

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Thaddeus Randolph
Director of Pastoral Care

thaddeus@strongtowerlive.com

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Elaine Cordova
Children’s Ministry Coordinator

elaine@strongtowerlive.com

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Darmel D. Branch-Williams
Executive Assistant to Pastoral Care Director

darmel@strongtowerlive.com

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Amanda Randolph
Executive Assistant to Family Life Director

amanda@strongtowerlive.com

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Alex Ballard
IT & Media Manager

alex@strongtowerlive.com

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Jay Jennings
Facilities Manager

jay@strongtowerlive.com