A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tonya is the first child of Fred and Loretta Jackson. She has an awesomely divine purpose to change the atmosphere and be a voice and light in the kingdom of God! Baptized at the young age of ten, Tonya heard God's call and chose to follow Him.
In 1984, Tonya relocated to the Washington, DC, area and continued a vibrant and highly successful career spanning 38 years as a high-impact corporate executive. A former 20-year Freddie Mac executive, Tonya most recently retired as President and CEO for nine years of Family Matters of Greater Washington. Her fearless resolve to integrate her faith into all aspects of her life has resulted in unparalleled success in executive leadership. She concluded her education with honors, both undergraduate studies in Computer Technology at Purdue University and her Master’s in Management Information Systems at George Mason University. Tonya was married to the late Elder Jerry L. Smallwood and has two awesome adult sons, Eddie Jackson and Justin Smallwood, two amazing daughters-in-law Ewunike Jackson and Sierra Smallwood, and three precious, absolutely adorable grandchildren Liam, Audrey and Zoe!
In 1994, God spoke to Tonya through a vision calling her to create Christian dolls and to birth the Sisters of the Son Enterprises. Since then, God has taken this highly anointed vessel on a most incredible journey! The journey has included the formation of Sisters of The SON Christian businesses, non-profit foundations and ministries co-founded with her late husband, Elder Jerry Smallwood. In 1997, God called Tonya into the ministry, leading her to establish the Sisters of The SON Ministries. Under her stewardship, this full gospel ministry reaches, teaches and most importantly leads others in understanding the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Members are learning to become Faith Masters by raising their faith to a level where they can achieve ANYTHING because they Believe God!
Apostle Tonya Jackson Smallwood operates very capably under the five-fold ministry gifts. She was ordained an Apostle of God through the H. J. Hines ministry under the leadership of the highly anointed Apostle Hattie Joyce Hines, where she also serves as a board director. She has served as board chair and director for a number of organizations.
Elder Jerry L. Smallwood was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with six siblings. As a young teenager, he came to know God and proclaimed God as his Lord and Savior. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith as a young man and served as an Elder and Eucharistic Minister. He later became affiliated with the Baptist faith and ultimately found the non-denominational evangelical environment more suited to the effective use of his God-given talents.
Elder Smallwood completed his formal education through studies at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He enjoyed a successful career in the corporate sector directing the Real Estate, Facility Management, and Sales and Marketing Operations of several corporations. He owned and operated a very successful direct sales organization and was a small business developer and owner. He employed his God-given business and entrepreneurial skills to the benefit of the calling God has placed on the Sisters of The SON Ministries.
Elder Smallwood was called by God to encourage, edify and minister to the unique needs of men, particularly those who are married. He co-founded the Sisters of The SON Ministries along with Apostle Tonya Jackson Smallwood in 1997 and served as the Executive Director of the Sisters of The SON Foundation.
Elder Smallwood was married to Apostle Tonya Smallwood for 28 years and the father of two adult sons, Eddie and Justin.
Elder Jerry L. Smallwood went home to glory on March 5, 2017. He was greatly loved and his presence will be forever missed.