Associate of Arts, Hesston College, 1960. Bachelor, Goshen College, 1962. Bachelor's Degree, Goshen Biblical Seminary, 1966.
Master of Education, University Pittsburgh, 1974.
Interim pastor, Albany (Oregon ) and Logsden (Oregon) Mennonite Church, 1963-1964; summer pastoral intern, Blooming Glen (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church, 1965; assistant pastor, Hesston (Kansas) Menonnite Church, 1966-1968; editor, Mennonite Public House, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, 1968-1982, 84-; former board directors, Laurelviile Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania executive director, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, 1982-1984. Chairman of the Board Pennsylvania Mennonite Credit Union, Scottdale.
Congressional chair, elder Menonite Church Scottdale, since 1974. Board directors Southmoreland Civic Association, Scottdale, 1976-1978. Member Association Statisticians of America Religious Bodies (vice president 1984-1988, president 1988-1990), Laurelville Mennonite Church Center Association (vice president 1980-1982).
Married Ruth Amelia Emerson, July 11, 1958. Children: James Anthony, Janet Renee, Jon Emerson.