Acts-19-10-19-07_5976I am founder and lead pastor of Christ Church, a thriving 8,000-member multisite and multiracial congregation in northern New Jersey.

My personal mission is to be an authentic reconciler. I live to actualize the Bible’s mandate that the church operates inter-culturally and functions as a transforming institution. I take this mission beyond the church walls by serving as diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association.

For nearly 25 years, I have coached leaders all over the world in organizations, churches, government agencies, and universities. This vast breadth of leadership experience is the greatest gift I can offer you.

I’m honored to serve you through this blog and offer it as a coaching tool for your personal and professional leadership and for building diversity in every area of your life.


Photo 1I 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 8,000 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.

DDI_5I 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.

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New Book Release


One in Christ: Bridging Racial & Cultural Divides

As America grows increasingly brown, the Church must be equipped to interact on a cross-cultural level organically. It cannot be mandated like civil rights laws or equal employment requirements. Racial reconciliation must naturally emanate from us just like little children learn to walk and talk. Youngsters naturally want to get up and move about on both feet. As their little chubby legs grow stronger, their eagerness to stand upright also grows. To speed the process along, parents coach, coax, and encourage the natural practice. This same practice is what Dr. Ireland does in One in Christ in the arena of diversity.

Warmth, regard, and respect emanated from Jesus toward others—all others. Part of His allure was the fact He was comfortable in His own skin. That made others who approached Him comfortable in their skin. This quality fuels the deconstruction of walls—tearing down the barriers that keep us apart. The beauty is, this quality can be learned. In fact, at the cellular structure of Christianity is the ability to be cross-cultural. The Great Commission proclaims it. Jesus said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The word nation is the Greek word ethnos, where we derive the English word ethnic. In essence, the last charge Jesus gave His followers was to become cross-cultural ambassadors. This is not optional! We must become racially accommodating.

Regnery Faith (March 26, 2018)
150 pages | $24.99
One in Christ