Bachelor of Arts, Hamilton College, 1921. Graduate Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary, 1925. Graduate work American School for Classical Studies, Athens, 1921-1922.
Doctor of Divinity, Muhlenberg College, 1939, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1952. Doctor of Divinity Hamilton College, 1946. Doctor of Theology, Elizabeth University, Sopron, Hungary, 1947, Goettingen U., Germany, 1956, U. Helsinki, Finance, 1963.
Doctor of Laws, Thiel College, Gettysburg College, Wittenberg College, 1945, Hartwick College, 1946, Waterloo (Canada), 1963, Georgetown University, 1964, Le Moyne U., 1968. Doctor of Divinity, Lafayette and Moravian Colls., 1964. Doctor of Letters, Wagner Memorial Lutheran College, 1945, U. Alaska, 1958.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Roanoke College, 1945, Scientiae Juridicae Doctor, 1956. S.T.D., Wycliffe College, U. Toronto, 1950. Doctor of Divinity, Yale, 1960.
S.T.D., Maryville College, 1960. I.R.D., Midland, 1962. Doctor of Divinity, Princeton, 1962, Harvard University, 1962, Luther Seminary, 1966, Valparaiso U., 1967.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Washington and Jefferson, 1965. Juris Canonici Doctor, Juris Civilis Doctor, Susquehanna, 1966. Doctor of Humanities, Lenoir Rhyne College, 1966, Augustana College, 1968.
Doctor of Letters, Akron, 1967. Doctor of Civil Law, Newberry, 1957.
Ordained to minister of Lutheran Church synod of New York and N.E., 1925. Pastor, Lutheran Church Redeemer, Yonkers, New York, 1925-1929, Trinity Luth Church, Akron, O., 1929-1944. Secretary commission on-evangelism United Lutheran Church of America, 1930-1938, member board American missions, 1934-1942, member Executive Board United Lutheran Church American, 1942-1944, president, 1945-1962.
President of Lutheran Church in America since 1962. Member of national preaching mission and nat. Christian mission department evangelism Federal Council of Churches, 1936, 1941-1942.
Chairman policy and strategy committee National Council Churches of Christ in United States of America, 1954-1960. President Lutheran World Relief, Incorporated. Member Executive Committee Lutheran World Federation, 1947-1969, treasurer, 1948-1952, 1st vice president 1952, president 1957-1963.
1st vice chairman American Relief for Korea, 1950-1954. Director Church World Services, Inc., 1946-1950. Vice chairman Central and executive coms., World Council Churches, 1948-1954, chairman 1954-1969.
Honorary citizen Korea, 1953. Director Wittenberg College, 1934-1938.