About DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. is a highly sought-after luminary in financial education, renowned for his unwavering commitment to helping individuals and organizations achieve financial freedom. As the President and CEO of Corporate Community Connections, Inc., Dr. Soaries works with corporations to enhance their Social Responsibility efforts and make positive impacts on the community.


With over 30 years of ministry experience as the third Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Dr. Soaries has a deep understanding of the importance of spiritual growth, educational excellence, economic empowerment, and faith-based community development. In 2005, he launched the dfree® Financial Freedom Movement, which has helped countless people become financially self-sufficient. His groundbreaking work was featured in a CNN documentary, catapulting him to national recognition as a leading figure in financial education.


In addition, Dr. Soaries has authored 12 books, including the bestsellers, “Say Yes to No Debt” and “Say Yes When Life Says No”. He also hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM Urban View called “For Your Soul”, where he shares his insights on financial empowerment and spiritual growth.


Dr. Soaries’ expertise in financial education has earned him numerous positions as an Independent Director, including roles with Independence Realty Trust, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. He also serves as a Trustee of RWJ Barnabas Health, where he leverages his expertise in both finance and community development to make a positive difference.

Dr. Soaries earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary. His contributions to the field of financial education have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including induction into The Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.


Dr. Soaries resides in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, with his wife, Donna, and twin sons. As a thought leader in financial education, Dr. Soaries continues to inspire and empower individuals and organizations to take control of their finances and achieve lasting financial freedom.