AB, Mercer University, 1930. Doctor of Divinity, Mercer University, 1955. Bachelor of Divinity, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1935.
Master of Theology, 1938. Doctor of Theology, 1941. Doctor of Laws, Atlanta Law School, 1951.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Eastern College, 1972.
Ordained to ministry, Baptist Church, 1927;
principal, Junior High School, Mabelton, Georgia, 1927-1928;
principal, Elizabeth Junior High School, Marietta, 1930-1933;
pastor various churches in, Georgia, 1927-1933;
pastor, First Baptist Church, Merchantville, New Jersey, 1935-1942;
pastor, First Baptist Church, Jasper, Alabama, 1942-1947;
dean, Baptist Seminar, Walker College, 1942-1947;
director extension division Christian training, Howard College (now Samford U.), Birmingham, 1947-1949;
dean of religion, chairman extension division, Howard College (now Samford U.), 1961-1971;
dean emeritus, Howard College (now Samford U.), since 1971. President Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1950-1961, trustee, 1941-1949, 1961-1982, board director emeritus, 1982. President Eastern College, 1951-1961, trustee, 1961-1982, emeritus, since 1982.
Layne lecturer New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1958. Former member board lectures Freedom's Foundation. Board directors Alabama Baptist Convention, 1942-1947, member Executive Committee, 1945-1947, chairman Christian life and public affairs commission, 1974-1982.
Executive Board New Jersey Baptist Convention, 1938-1942. Board directors Birmingham Council of Christian Education, 1970-1973, 75, now life member. Board directors Alabama Baptist Ministers Benefit Society, 1974-1988, TheLord's Day Alliance United States, since 1976.
Board advisers Bible Land Tours Association, 1956-1957. Board directors Pennsylvania Theological Seminary Foundation, Inc., 1955-1961. Board directors Watchman-Examiner Foundation, New York, 1960-1971.
Trustee Alabama Temperance League (now Alabama Christian Action Program), 1943-1949, 61-89, honorary, since 1989. Board of managers Council Missionary Cooperative, American Baptist Convention, 1953-1961, president seminary presidents and deans, 1958-1959. Member Guatemala-Alabama Partners of Alliance, 1969-1972.
Messenger Baptist World Alliance, Atlanta, 1939, Copenhagen, 1947, Cleveland, 1950, London, 1955, Rio de Jenario, 1960, Miami, 1965, Tokyo, 1970. Tours in 45 countries. Conductor European tours,1947, Holy Land tour, 1955, 63, Around-the-World tour, 1970.
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Member Greater Birmingham Pastors' Association (executive committee 1962-1963, 67-72, 82-83), Birmingham Baptist Association (executive board), Birmingham Bpt. Association (chairman committee on Christian life public affairs 1981-1985), Alabama Writer's Conclave, Birmingham-Jefferson History Society, Omicron Delta Kappa. Lodges: Masons, Rotary (past president).
Married Lorene Parrish, August 23, 1930. Children: Gilbert Truett, Orville Thomas.