Bachelor magna cum laude, Bethel College, McKenzie, Tennessee, 1944. Bachelor's Degree, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1948. Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1959.
Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1965.
Pastor Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Calico Rock, Arkansas, 1948—1949, executive secretary board missions Memphis, 1950—1954, pastor Goodlettsville, 1955—1956. Professor Bethel College, McKenzie, 1957—1974. Pastor First Morningside Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Indiana, 1975—1979.
Professor Memphis Theological Sem, 1981—1988. Retired, 1988; writer and lecturer, from 1988. Moderator, general assembly Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1956.
Chairman Caribbean and N. American area World Alliance of Reformed Church, 1972—1973. Dean emeritus Memphis Theological Seminary, from 1988.
Secretary Rotary Club. Member of Presbyterian History Society of Southwest.
Married Virginia Sue Williamson, June 21, 1952. Children: Mary Sue, David Marvin.