Bachelor, St. Olaf College, 1924. BTh, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, 1930. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1945.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Augustana Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois, 1945. Doctor of Theology (honorary), University Erlangen, Germany, 1952. Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. Olaf College, 1955.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Valparaiso University, 1963. Doctor of Letters, Pacific Lutheran University, 1960. Doctor of Divinity, Texas Lutheran College, 1961.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Gettysburg College, 1964. Doctor of Humane Letters, Thiel College, 1965. Doctor of Canon Law, Susquehanna University, 1966.
Doctor of Divinity, Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1968. Doctor of Divinity, Wartburg Theological Seminary, 1970.
Teacher high school, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, 1924-1926; pastor, Zion Lutheran church, Duluth, Minnesota, 1930-1932; pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, 1932-1938; pastor, Brooklyn, 1945-1948; executive secretary, Student Svc. commission American Lutheran Conference, 1938-1945; executive secretary, Commision on Younger Churches and Orphaned Missions, National Lutheran Council, 1948-1954; president, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1954-1960; president, American Lutheran Church, 1961-1971; president emeritus, American Lutheran Church, since 1971. Member central committee World Council Churches, 1962-1971. Delegate Lutheran world Federation conversations, Lund, Sweden, 1947, Hanover, Federal Republic Germany, 1952, Minneapolis, 1957, Helsinki, Finland, 1963, Evian, France, 1970.
Board of directors Concordia College, 1933-1940, Student Volunteer Movement Foreign Missions, 1948-1954. Member Lutheran World Federation (member Executive Committee since 1955, president 1963-1970, director department World Missions 1952-1954), Norwegian-American History Association, American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Married Dagny Aasen, August 23, 1928. Children: Lois, nathan, Paul.