English Anglican. Ryle served in parish churches within the Church of England for almost 40 years, becoming the Bishop of Liverpool in 1880. He came to international prominence as preacher, Bible expositor, and author. With a style focused on communicating great truths to the common man, his tracts and booklets have sold in the millions.
The great aim of his ministry was to encourage strong and serious Christian living. His tracts and books sold in the millions in the late 1800s; many have been republished in modern times. Ryle’s successor as Bishop of Liverpool commented, “The words of such a man acquire new force as we read them. Ryle lived near God, and God lived through him.”