Bachelor, Augustana College, 1963; student, Division School, University of Chicago, 1964-1965; Bachelor's Degree, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, 1967; Doctor of Philosophy, Claremont Graduate School, 1978.
Pastor, Scranton (North Dakota) Lutheran Parish, 1967-1971; pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Humboldt, South Dakot, 1974-1976; visiting professor, Loyola Marymount U., Los Angeles, 1978-1979; assistant professor, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1979-1983; executive director, CHARIS Ecumenical Center and Fargo-Moorhead Communiversity, Moorhead, since 1983. Chair board Great Plains Institute Theology, Bismarck, North Dakota, 1969-1971. Member Faith and Order Commission, Minnesota Council Churches, Minneapolis, since 1985.
Chair conference planning committee International Coalition for Land-Water Stewardship in the Red River Basin, Moorhead, 1983-1985, chair education committee, 1985-1987. Member Society Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, Society for Advancement Continuing Education for Ministry (secretary since 1996), The Jesus Seminar, Westar Institute, Kiwanis (board directors Moorhead club since 1989), Jazz Arts Group Board.
Son of Olaf Johannes and Ruth Amelia (Gjesdal) J. m. Wilhelmine Treadwell, August 15, 1964. Children: Erik Eugene, Karin Inga.