Noland is a rostered and ordained pastor in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. He was ordained and began service in 1984. Since that time, he has served in Lutheran parish ministry for twenty-eight years, national-church administration for 6 years, and was in resident doctoral study for 4 years. He presently is the senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, San Mateo, California. His national-church administration service was as Director of Concordia Historical Institute, from 2002-2008. He has been an Associate Editor of “LOGIA: A Journal of Lutheran Theology” from 1996 to the present (see www.logia.org). He served on the Board of Directors of the Luther Academy, as an officer of the board, from 1993 to 2008 (see www.lutheracademy.com). He is married and has three adult daughters. He was born in San Francisco; and was raised in San Jose, California.