Bachelor, University Mississippi, 1951. Master of Divinity, Austin (Texas) Seminary, 1954. Master of Theology, Austin (Texas) Seminary, 1960.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), King College, Bristol, Tennessee, 1971. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Belhaven College, 1971. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Westminster college, 1980.
Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Houston, 1954-1958; pastor, West Shore Presbyterian Church, Dallas, 1958-1962; pastor, 1st Presbyterian Church, Lubbock, Texas, 1962-1970; pastor, Center Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, since 1970. Moderator Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1989.
Petty officer 1st class United States Coast Guard, 1945-1948.
Married Sydney Kay Dicken, November 20, 1974 (deceased December 1973). Children: Mark Andew, Peter Sharpe, Kathryn Elizabeth, Carol Ann, Amy Elizabeth.