Born: Jan­u­a­ry 29, 1753, War­wick, Eng­land.

Died: June 25, 1825, Bris­tol, Eng­land.

Buried: Broad­mead Bap­tist Church, Bris­tol, Eng­land.


When Ry­land was born, his fa­ther was a Bap­tist min­is­ter in War­wick. In 1759, the fa­mi­ly moved to North­amp­ton.

In 1781, J. Ry­land, jun­ior, as he signed his name for ma­ny years, was or­dained co-pas­tor with his fa­ther at North­am­pton.

In 1794, he ac­cept­ed the pre­si­den­cy of the Bap­tist Col­lege and the pas­tor­ate of the church in Broad­mead, Bris­tol; he held these po­si­tions un­til his death.

Ryland was a man of con­sid­er­a­ble li­ter­a­ry cul­ture, and re­ceived a Doc­tor of Di­vin­i­ty de­gree from Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.

He was one of the found­ers of the Bap­tist Mis­sion­a­ry So­ci­e­ty, and for the three years af­ter the death of Rev. A. Full­er in 1815, Ry­land was act­ing sec­re­ta­ry.