He was elected scholar of Street John"s College, Oxford, in 1591, and graduated Bachelor of Arts 5 July 1595, and Master of Arts
21 May 1599. He was acting as a college lecturer by 1599, and is stated to have been master of Reading School in 1600. He was elected a fellow of his college in 1602, taking holy orders and proceeding Bachelor of Divinity 12 November 1605, and Doctor of Divinity 1 June 1608. He gained a reputation as a preacher.
From 1606 to 1610 he was rector of Taplow, Buckinghamshire.
And from 1609 was vicar of Asheldam in Essex. On 1 May 1610 the provost and fellows of The Queen"s College, Oxford elected him principal of Saint Edmund Hall.
He was also made chaplain to Lord Ellesmere, the lord chancellor, and chaplain-in-ordinary to James I, and was instituted to the prebend of Netherbury in Ecclesia at Salisbury, in which at his death he was succeeded by Thomas Fuller. In 1613 he was inducted to the rectory of Selsey, Sussex, and in the following year to that of Whitchurch, Shropshire.
He spent much time in Oxford, where in 1627 he built a new house, and was in confidential relations with William Juxon and William Laud.
He died on 3 February 1631, and was buried on the 10th in the church at Whitchurch.