Leland was Pennsylvania born and Texas raised in a Christian homeschooled family of eleven. After graduating high school, he attended a two year bible school in San Antonio earning his ministers license from Charis Bible College. Leland started directing worship at GPC in July of 2017 and has continued to serve as a staff member and tech support. As a songwriter he worships with his voice and his instruments and has been in music ministry since 2011. He met his wife Janie Payne when they were 10 years old and got married in 2015. They enjoy playing piano and video games together.