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 following 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