Khristi Adams serves as an Associate Minister and Director of Youth Ministries at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. She is Fred Philp’s mentor and has helped him to build his resume, fill out applications and visit colleges.
Carl Fields was laid off 20 months ago from his executive position four days before his 58th birthday. He is competing with a sea of younger men and women to find employment, and works each day to find employment while maintaining his faith that things will improve. He says that unemployment challenges his dignity as a man.
Lynette Clark Fields
Lynette Clark Fields is married to Carl Fields. She is the family breadwinner now, but her salary is not enough to cover the expenses for a formerly two-income household. The Fields fall about 2,000 dollars short on their bills each month, though Lynette pays her church tithes first.
Doug Jeffries is a luxury car salesman who has lost at least a third of his income due to slow sales commissions. He and his wife Mary have incurred massive debt and are looking to their church for guidance as they try to save their home from foreclosure.
Mary Jeffries is a high-end real estate agent, but like her husband Doug, her earnings are based upon commissions which have been strongly negatively impacted by the national economic crisis. Her family’s home is at risk of foreclosure and she and her husband Doug are depending on their church to help prevent them from losing their home.
Maya Jeffries is the 17-year-old daughter of Doug and Mary Jeffries. She dreams of attending an Ivy League school but may not get that chance due to her family’s financial struggles.
Frederick Philp is a 18-year-old student at Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ. Fred is an aspiring actor who hopes to attend Kean University in Union, New Jersey, but lacks the money and the grades for admittance and matriculation. His mentor and youth pastor, Khristi Adams is assisting him with improving his grades and applying for financial assistance.
Rev. Dr. DeForest “Buster” Soaries, Jr
Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. His pastoral ministry focuses on spiritual growth, educational excellence and economic empowerment.