Bachelor, William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, 1971. Master of Divinity, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 1988.
Instructor, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, 1975-1984; associate professor, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois, since 1985.
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Member American Academy Religion, Society Biblical Literature, American Society Church History, American Theological Society.
Married Linda K. Wolfe, July 30, 1983. Children: Michelle Lynn, Jason Douglas.