Bachelor, Augsburg College, 1953. BTh, Luther Theological Seminary, 1957. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1959.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1967.
Instructor, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa., 1959-1960; clergyman, Lutheran Church, Red Lodge, Montana, 1960-1964; professor, Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa., since 1967. Visiting lecturer Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, spring 1976, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, spring 1981.
Board of directors Dem County Organisation, Winnebago County, Iowa, 1987-1988. Member American Society Church History, Society Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Norwegian-American History Association, Concordia History Institute, Lutheran History Conference (board directors 1978-1984, treasurer 1982-1984).
Married Corrine C. Benson, May 19, 1957. Children: Kristin, Kari.