1753–1825
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Jan­u­a­ry 29, 1753, War­wick, Eng­land.

June 25, 1825, Bris­tol, Eng­land.

Broad­mead Bap­tist Church, Bris­tol, Eng­land.

When Ry­land was born, his fa­ther was a Bap­tist min­is­ter in War­wick. In 1759, the fa­mi­ly moved to North­amp­ton. J. Ry­land, junior, as he signed his name for ma­ny years, was in 1781 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.

Ryland’s prose works in­clude:

  1. For Zion’s Sake I’ll Not Restrain
  2. Had Not the Lord, My Soul May Say
  3. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, Self-Existent Deity
  4. In All My Lord’s Ap­point­ed Ways
  5. Look Down, My Soul, on Hell’s Domain
  6. Lord, Teach a Little Child to Pray
  7. Now Let the Slum­bering Church Awake
  8. O Lord, I Will Delight in Thee
  9. Out of the Depths of Doubt and Fear
  10. Rejoice, the Savior Reigns
  11. Sovereign Ruler of the Skies
  12. Thou Son of God, and Son of Man
  13. When Abraham’s Servant to Procure
  14. When the Savior Dwelt Below