David D. Ireland
I am lead pastor of Christ Church, a multisite, multiracial congregation in northern New Jersey. When I founded the church in 1986 we had six members. Today we have a congregation of 8,500 representing over 60 nationalities. Through our community development corporation, we offer a home for domestic violence victims, a youth leadership institute, and a statewide abstinence-based program in partnership with New Jersey schools.
Diversity is at the heart of everything I do—from serving as a diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association to leading chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. I’ve written over 20 books and appeared on The Dr. Phil Show, The CBS Evening News, and The 700 Club.
I began my career in civil engineering with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and a graduate degree in civil engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology). Later I attended seminary, earning a master’s degree in theology (Alliance Theological Seminary) and a doctorate degree in organizational leadership (Regent University). I completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.
I am an appointed member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives. I also serve on the boards of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, Advisory Board of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, Advisory Board to New Jersey Governor’s Safe Streets and Neighborhoods Oversight Committee, and adjunct professor at Drew University training doctoral students in the area of leadership.
My wife, Marlinda, and I married in 1984 and have two daughters.
For over 25 years, I have had the pleasure of using my extensive experience in addressing national and international audiences in over 40 nations including: Slovakia, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, India, Cuba, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Latin America.
I speak to both large and small audiences providing dynamic messages that challenge people—inspiring tangible actions that lead to dramatic turnarounds.
- Far-reaching and intellectually stimulating messaging aimed at fostering social and organizational responsibility.
- Prompt, contract-honoring, and professional attention to your needs and requests.
- A spiritually transforming message that cuts across denominations, racial, education, and gender barriers. I try to speak in a way that everyone can benefit from the message.