Favorite football team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite activities: snorkeling, swimming in the ocean, boating
Favorite place in Delray: the beach (my prayer room)
Favorite food: Chicken fried steak (when in Texas)
Favorite book: “God’s Pursuit of Man” by A.W. Tozer
Favorite Verse: 1 Corinthians: 16: 13-14 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
My name is Rick Ireland. I was adopted at birth in Houston, Texas by Lois and Floyd Ireland. My mother’s father was a Baptist preacher in Atlanta, so attending church was never a question when I was growing up. It was what we did. In fact, my parents helped to start Spring Branch Community Church, in the Houston area. At age 7, in my Sunday School class, I prayed for Jesus Christ to come into my life. For some reason, the Lord let me live through 40 years of following worldly ways, while also keeping one foot in the door at church.
In 2010, my wife, Janet, and I discovered Delray while on a business trip. We fell in love with the area, bought a house and made a grand plan to move from Houston. That meant selling a business, our home, and leaving life-long friends and family behind. Soon after, with a hope to find a church, I walked in the door of the Delray Beach Community Center, to “try out” the Avenue Church—and really felt at home. No doubt, God’s hand was guiding us in our move to Delray.
We moved to our new hometown, Delray Beach, in 2012. Instead of just “going to church”, I began to serve and got involved with the Tech Team which assists the Worship Team. This was an easy fit with my love of music. As an ambassador from The Avenue Church, I volunteered for the Backpacks Program to feed needy kids at a local elementary school. I am a currently a member of the Homeless Task Force Team and I cook food at the Caring Kitchen once a week to serve homeless people in our nearby area. I also assist the Avenue Church pastors with the Men’s Ministry program.
Janet and I have a blended family—all four kids are adults now, living and working in the Houston and Denver areas. We have three grandchildren in Houston, and two in Denver, so Southwest Airlines takes us where we need to go! We travel mostly for “grandparent business” trips.