About Us


Christ Church is about acceptance. We are a non-denominational congregation of evangelical believers—presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ as salvation for all.

Founded in 1986 when Pastors David and Marlinda Ireland joined hearts with six other adults Christ Church has grown exponentially year after year, moving from one rented facility to another. In 1994 the congregation approached 500 members and—by faith—acquired a Romanesque Cathedral in Montclair, New Jersey. Membership continued to increase as did Pastor David’s vision for the region. Christ Church bought a sprawling campus in Rockaway, New Jersey—roughly 20 minutes west of Montclair. And in 2009 we opened for worship services and officially became a multi-site church.

Today Christ Church is home to several thousand families, representing approximately 40 different nationalities. We offer seven weekend worship services as well as a full complement of small-group activities, discipleship classes and support groups. We are a community church with a global sensitivity, providing outreach to needy people around the corner and around the world.

Our mission is to Unite People to God and People to People. For every person who comes through our door, our prayer is that the Lord will use us to meet them where they are and be a source of spiritual renewal. We also pray that your life, your family, your work and all your relationships are a reflection of the joy and peace God promises His children. We hope you’ll attend one of our weekend services to experience Christ Church for yourself. We want to encourage you 24/7, not just at church. Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook for conversation and transformation!

Our King Cometh!

Dr. David & Pastor Marlinda Ireland