Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. served as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey from 1990 to 2021. Highlights of his ministry include recruiting parents for 1400 foster children; helping 275 children find adoptive parents; constructing 124 new homes for low and moderate income residents to own; redeveloping 150,000 square feet of commercial real estate; operating the Central New Jersey STRIVE program.
Dr. Soaries is a popular speaker at colleges, conferences and churches around the world. He is a frequent advisor to corporations in the areas of diversity, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He was recently recognized by both houses of the New Jersey Legislature for his community leadership.
Dr. Soaries is the author of nine books including “Say Yes to No Debt:12 Steps to Financial Freedom,” “Meditations for Financial Freedom” (Volumes 1, 2 &3), and “Say Yes When Life Says No.” His work has been featured in several publications including the New York Times, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Savoy Magazine.