Ryan Leland is our Assistant Pastor of Marketplace Ministries. A “tentmaker”, Ryan works full time at a local financial firm in the training department. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys his time with his wife Amy and children. He is an avid reader of history and Reformed theology. At the Orchard, Ryan enjoys serving in the corporate worship service, leading small groups, and being available to counsel and encourage. Ryan finds the most encouragement from seeing others dig into the Word of God and have their eyes opened to the truth of who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He will do.
Ryan was born in West Brookfield, MA and became a Christian in his sophomore year in high school. From there, Ryan attended the University of Connecticut and earned a BA in Political Science. Furthermore, he holds a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ryan has been attending and serving the Orchard and predecessor church Londonderry Presbyterian Church for 10 years. Prior to serving at the Orchard, Ryan served as Youth Director at Litchfield Community Church, Presbyterian.
Ryan’s conviction and prayer is for God’s people in the Orchard and the broader American church to be gripped with a passion to seek the glory of God in worship. Worship occurs corporately on the Lord’s Day where the church enters into God’s throne room. But also, worship occurs in our day to day lives. Therefore, Ryan’s “title” of Assistant Pastor of Marketplace Ministries carries a two-fold purpose: 1) To serve Jesus Christ in the marketplace, raising His flag there and working in a chaplaincy capacity; 2) To encourage members of the Body of Christ to consider what they do at work, home, and retirement as a calling God has given them. In our place of employment, we are to serve Christ in word and deed so that others may see our conduct and glorify God.
Ryan’s life verse is from Romans 11:36: “For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Soli Deo Gloria