Bachelor magna cum laude, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1950. Master of Divinity magna cum laude, Augustana Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois, 1954. Master of Sacred Theology, Lutheran School Theology, Chicago, 1969.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Augustana College, 1978. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Newberry College, 1988.
Supply pastor, Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake, Minnesota, 1950-1951;
member of staff, 1st Lutheran Church, Rock Island, Illinois, 1951-1952;
intern, organizer new mission, Faith Lutheran Church, Syosset, New York, 1952-1953;
senior pastor, St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Illinois, 1954-1979;
senior pastor, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, 1979-1987;
bishop Southeastern Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, Atlanta, 1987-1995;
regional representative board pensions, Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, Atlanta, since 1995. Delegate to various conversations Lutheran Church in American, Lutheran World Federation in Helsinki, 1963, member board publication, 1976-1984, pastor-evangelist Evangelical Outreach Emphasis program, 1977-1979, member Executive Board Illinois synod, 1977-1979, president of the board publication, 1980-1984, leader stewardship cluster Southeastern synod, 1983, member Executive Board Southeastern synod, 1984-1987. Member executive county, Lutheran Church in American, 1984-1987.
Member task force on new church design Commision on New Lutheran Church, task force on church public house, 1985. Delegate constituting convention Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, 1987, delegate assemblies Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, 1989, 91, 93, 95. Member of commission on clergy confidentiality Lutheran Council in United States of America, 1987.
Co-chair United States of America Lutheran- Roman Catholic Dialogue, 1990-1997. Member Task Force on Theological Education.
Former board directors Augustana Theological Seminary. Board directors Augustana College, 1969-1977, Chairman of the Board, 1976-1977. Board directors Kessler Reformation Collection, Newberry College, Lutheran World Relief, Augsburg Fortress.
Chairman, Board Of Directors Lutheran School Theology, Chicago, 1962-1969. Member Leadership Atlanta, 1980-1981, United Way, Atlanta, 1980-1981. Member Bishop's Commision on Economics Justice, 1985-1986.
President of the board directors Atlanta Samaritan House, 1986-1987. Member Lutheran School Theology Alumni Association (president 1975-1977), Conference of Bishops, Kiwanis (president Midtown chapter 1984-1985).
Married Lois Dickhart, June 8, 1951. Children: David, Janet, John.