Celebrated African-American philanthropist, minister and public advocate Dr. Soaries to be honored at the FACE List…


The Reverend Dr DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. has served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (FBCLG) in Somerset, New Jersey since November 1990. His pastoral ministry focuses on spiritual growth, educational excellence and economic empowerment. He also currently serves as an independent director at three companies: Independence Realty Trust, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Ocwen Financial Corporation.

Dr Soaries is a pioneer within the African-American community. He has achieved significant milestones over the course of his career, including serving as New Jersey’s Secretary of State from 1999 to 2002, the first African-American male to do so. He also served as the former chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission, which was…

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