Bachelor, Pasadena Nazarene College, California, 1962. Master of Arts, California State University, Los Angeles, 1964. Bachelor's Degree, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, 1967.
Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1973.
Social worker Bureau Public Assistance, Bell, California, 1962—1964. Sociologist Jackson County Juvenile Court, Kansas City. Associate minister First Church Nazarene, Columbus, 1967—1969.
Director, student affairs Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Professor Mid American Nazarene College, Olathe, Kansas, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, since 1975. Adjunct professor Metropolitan Junior College, Kansas City, 1967—1969, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, 1975—1979, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City.
Chairperson Association Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers, Kansas City, since 1981.
Author: (book) Will Evangelicalism Survive Its Own Popularity?, Christian Excellence: Alternative to Success, Courage: You Can Stand Strong in the Face of Fear, Stuck in a Sticky World, Walls or Bridges: Building Relationships That Glorify God, Signed Anonymous: Shedding the Need for Acknowledgment. Co-editor (with Bill Sullivan): The Smaller Church in a Super Church Era.
Married Cherry Brokaw Johnston, July 18, 1964.