Robert Ryland tried to behave in a generous Christian way with the African-American people among whom he lived all his life even as he presided over what he recognized was a compromised form of the church. He faced skepticism and criticism from all sides, and experienced considerable doubt, but he pressed on.

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Copyright © 2013 Baptist History & Heritage Society. This article first appeared in Baptist History & Heritage 48:2 (2013), 12-27.

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