Dr. DEFOREST B. SOARIES, JR. is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey.
He is the author of dfree™ Breaking Free from Financial Slavery. Founded in 2005, his dfree™ campaign is the linchpin of a successful strategy to lead people, families and organizations out of debt to attain financial independence. Dr. Soaries and his dfree™ strategy were the focus of the third installment of CNN’s Black in America documentary “Almighty Debt.”
Dr. Soaries served as New Jersey’s 30th Secretary of State and is a popular speaker at colleges, universities, conferences and churches around the world as well as a frequent advisor to major corporations in the areas of diversity, philanthropy and community relations. It is his goal for his 7,000-member congregation to be debt free and to train and encourage other churches and community based organizations to follow suit.