Pastor Isaac Friedel
Lead Pastor of Shore Christian Church
As a teenager, growing up in church, Pastor Isaac had a dream of one day playing baseball professionally. While at St. Rose High School he excelled, receiving all-state honors and a full baseball scholarship to play division one baseball at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
While at UMBC, the dream of playing baseball was interrupted by surgery on his injured shoulder. While recovering from surgery, in God’s divine providence, Pastor Isaac was invited to work and serve under Pastor Matthew Barnett at the Los Angeles Dream Center in the summer of 2006. The experience changed his life forever! After rededicating his life to the Lord at the Dream Center, God began to light a new fire in Pastor Isaac to bring the LA Dream Center’s transforming concepts to the lost and hurting families of the Jersey Shore. While serving there he met his future bride, Diamond Doty, whose life had been transformed through the Women’s Discipleship Program at the Dream Center.
After graduating from UMBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a minor in sociology, Isaac married Diamond on February 2, 2008. Not knowing how to begin bringing the Dream Center to the Jersey Shore, Isaac and his friend Steve Yellovich (who would become a board member) began by simply walking the streets of inner-city Asbury, handing out ice cold waters every Saturday. This simple act grew exponentially into a weekly mobile food truck, adopt-a-block in the Asbury Park Village, weekly clothing drives, BBQ’s, block parties, bike give-a-ways, toys for tots, Thanksgiving dinners, turkey give-a-ways, and much more.
Working together with Shore Christian Center Church, the non-profit Jersey Shore Dream Center is able to feed over 2,000 families each month. In May of 2011 Pastor Isaac was recognized with the humanitarian award by the city of Newark, New Jersey and Mayor Cory Booker, for community service work done in the city of Asbury Park.
Presently, the JSDC has nine full time ministries! The ultimate dream and vision is to obtain a hotel facility and open a 24/7 discipleship center like the LA Dream Center from which Diamond graduated.
Pastor Isaac serves as the Lead Pastor of Shore Christian Church and has a dynamic preaching ministry every Sunday Morning. Pastor Isaac is a host of the television show “Praise the Lord” which airs weekly on Trinity Broadcasting Network. Pastor Isaac resides in Howell with his wife Diamond and their two precious children, Judah and Lily.