PREACH! PREPARE! PREVAIL!
The New Jerusalem's purpose is to PREACH the Gospel for the salvation of souls unto Jesus Christ;
to PREPARE them to serve God faithfully, in order to PREVAIL against the enemy, and be a fruitful progressive ministry in the church, community, and the world.
"Each One, Bring One and YOU, Bring Two. . . because our purpose is to win souls!"
Irving D. Fryar Sr., Th.D., Ph.D.
Irving D. Fryar Sr., Th.D., Ph.D.
The New Jerusalem
Dr. Irving D. Fryar, Sr. is the husband of Serena F. Fryar; the father of Londen, Irving Jr., Adrianne, and Taylor Fryar and
grandfather (“Pop-Pop”) of Noah Fryar, Ainsley Fryar, Olivia Fryar, and Brooks Fryar
Born in Mt. Holly, N.J. on September 28, 1962, Dr. Fryar attended and graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School. After high school, he attended the University of Nebraska on a 4-year football scholarship where he was a consensus All-American. Dr. Fryar has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from The South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. He also has earned a Master’s degree in Theology and a Doctoral degree in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology, and earned a Doctoral degree in Philosophy in Theology from the North Carolina Theological Seminary.
He was drafted as the NFL’s number one pick over all in 1984 by the New England Patriots where he served for 9 years. In addition, he played 3 years with the Miami Dolphins, 3 years with the Philadelphia Eagles, and 2 years with the Washington Redskins for a total of 17 years in the NFL.
Dr. Fryar was a 3-time MVP with the Patriots, a 2-time MVP with the Dolphins, and a 2-time MVP with the Eagles. He retired from the NFL in 2001 after completing 17 NFL seasons. During his time in the NFL, he caught 851 passes for 12,785 yards and 84 touchdowns along with one rushing and three punt return touchdowns. He also gained 242 rushing yards, earning him 15,594 all-purpose yards. He holds an NFL Record for having touchdowns receptions from 19 different passers and having at least two touchdown receptions in 16 consecutive seasons. Dr. Fryar also became the first player to record a touchdown reception in 17 consecutive seasons. Along with many other awards, Dr. Fryar was voted “True Value Man of the Year” from 1994 through 1997 and has also been presented with the prestigious “Bart Starr Award” as the NFL player who best exemplified outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community. Dr. Fryar finished his NFL career as the 5th best wide receiver in NFL history.
In addition to winning an Emmy Award for his weekly feature, “My Slant on Sunday”, on Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate, Dr. Fryar also had a featured role in the Oliver Stone movie “On Any Given Sunday” and is the author of the book
Sunday Is My Day, which is a biographical sketch of his life from childhood until the time he accepted his call into the ministry.
Dr. Fryar is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.
He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors and Official Spokesperson for S.C.A.N., Stop Child Abuse Now; the largest non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania. Through the South Jersey Youth Alliance as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Dr. Fryar reaches out and speaks to young people on the importance of academics, life skills, and athletics. He has also affiliated himself with the Family Success Center in Mt. Holly, NJ, whose mission is to help families find their way back into homes and jobs and on December 3, 2009, he was the first African American to receive the Lloyd Ritter Community Service Award by the Volunteer Center of Burlington County. On April 22nd, 2013 Dr. Fryar was awarded the prestigious “Jefferson Award” for his commitment to youth and community.
Dr. Fryar is the Sr. Elder, Pastor, and Founder of New Jerusalem House of God in
Mt. Holly, New Jersey and is on staff as the Pastor of Ministry Affairs at Christ Care Unit Missionary Baptist Church and Cathedral in Sicklerville, New Jersey. Dr. Fryar is also a psycho therapist at the Holistic Counseling Services Center in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
New Jerusalem House of God’s first worship service was on June 8, 2003 and less than three years later they moved into their own building on Sunday, April 2, 2006. Under Dr. Fryar’s leadership, New Jerusalem House of God has quickly become recognized as a place of refuge, solace, and restoration for those in need of spiritual guidance, healing, and peace.
While Dr. Fryar has achieved many accomplishments during and after his athletic career, his goal in life is to be a great husband, a great daddy, and a great witness of the Gospel by letting his life be a living example of Jesus Christ.