Dr. David Ireland is founder and lead pastor of Christ Church, a 9,000-member multisite congregation in New Jersey representing over 70 nationalities. In his 30-plus years of ministry, in addition to shepherding this multiracial megachurch, Dr. Ireland has ministered throughout the world—addressing national and international audiences in over 75 nations. He has embraced this global platform and built a reputation for teaching culturally relevant messages that inspire and empower. He is the author of over 20 books covering a wide variety of topics such as spiritual disciplines, diversity, leadership and practical everyday living. As a dynamic Bible teacher, author, leadership consultant and coach, Rev. Ireland is passionate about helping other church leaders and Christ followers from around the world maximize their potential for the kingdom of God.
Dr. Ireland holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a graduate degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in theology, an earned Ph.D. in organizational leadership, completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a candidate for a graduate degree in social innovation from the University of Cambridge in England.
He and his wife, Dr. Marlinda Ireland, have been married since 1984 and have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.