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Bryan Jeffery Leech Papers

Identifier: 6/1/2/1/49
Collection fits the following general categories: (1) full text sermons, (2) prayers, some of which were collected in Bryan's book, Lift My Spirit, Lord (3) event programs, (4) scripts written for the Haven of Rest radio broadcast and Bryan's own radio broadcast, Morning Song (1981-94), (5) cassette tapes of the Morning Song broadcasts, (6) original music scores, including orchestral scores for hymns and Bryan's Resurrection, Ebenezer and Pride and Prejudice, 7) personal memorabilia, including diplomas and an unpublished autobiographical manuscript, Grim & Glorious, (8) files related to development of his children's books, John Jeremy Colton and It Must Have Been McNutt, and (9) miscellaneous correspondence.


  • 1931 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on the materials and the collection is open to all members of the public. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright that may be involved in the use of this collection.


19.27 Linear Feet (34 containers)

Biographical / Historical

Leech was born on May 14, 1931, in Middlesex, England. He spent more than half his life in the United States. After a stint in the Bryan leechRoyal Navy, he enrolled in London Bible College. He came to the United States in 1955 and studied at Barrington College and later at North Park Seminary. He was ordained in 1961.

He ministered at Covenant congregations in Boston, Massachusetts; Montclair, New Jersey; as well as in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Oakland, California. He was named pastor emeritus at First Covenant Church in Oakland.

He did not recognize his talent for writing hymns until his mid-thirties. He went on to compose more than 500 songs, hymns, anthems, and cantatas.

-Adapted from the Covenant Companion Obituary (2015-07-02)


Collection is arranged into five topical series and then chronologically or alphabetically within those series.

Separated Materials

Audiovisual material including audiocassette tapes, VHS tapes, and CDs have been added to respective collections based on format.

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelical Covenant Church and North Park University Archives Repository

North Park University
Brandel Library - Lower Level
3225 W Foster Ave Box 38
Chicago IL 60625 USA