Deacon Ernest Frye was a holy terror. He was
    the headstrong president of the First Community
    Church of Philadelphia. The insufferable deacon
    intended to keep the church under his thumb, but
    the new minister, Rev. Reuben Gregory, had other
    ideas. Every week the Reverend quietly deflated
    the strutting deacon.

    Thelma was the deacon's 30-year-old, unmarried,
    romantically frustrated daughter, who eventually
    began dating the handsome new pastor; Casietta
    and Amelia, chatting sisters who were members
    of the church board; and Rolly, the board's
    wise old voice or reason.