Dr. Garland is a native of Somerset, Kentucky and currently calls Hendersonville home. He presently serves as Director of Church Partnerships at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville. He previously served as Senior Pastor at Zion Baptist Church, Henderson, Kentucky for 16 years and Team Leader for the Church Development/Evangelism Growth Team of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
He has served more than ten churches in addition to Springfield Baptist in the role of Transitional Pastor. The Transitional Pastor leads a congregation through a process of discovery and spiritual preparation in anticipation of their next permanent pastor. It allows the new pastor to begin ministry with a fresh start and to know the church has received direction and power from the Holy Spirit.
Additionally, Dr. Garland is trained as a Civil Engineer and served the Kentucky Department of Transportation for six years before surrendering to God's call to the ministry.