Student, Oklahoma State University, 1940. AB, Phillips University, 1942. Master of Arts, Phillips University, 1945.
Doctor of Divinity, Phillips University, 1963. Bachelor of Divinity, Texas Christian University, 1949. Doctor of Divinity, Texas Christian University, 1976.
Doctor of Divinity, Bethany College, 1974. Doctor of Laws, Lynchburg College, 1975. Doctor of Humane Letters, Culver-Stockton College, 1975.
Ordained to ministry, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1940;
pastor in, Chandler, Oklahoma, 1944-1947;
pastor in, Texas City, Texas, 1947-1948;
pastor in, Healdton, Oklahoma, 1948-1949;
pastor in, Vernon, Texas, 1949-1955;
pastor in, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1955-1958;
executive minister, Christian Church in, Arkansas, 1958-1965;
assistant to president, Christian Church in the United States and Canada, Indianapolis, 1965-1969;
executive minister, Christian Church in Texas, 1969-1973;
general minister, president, Christian Church in the United States and Canada, 1973-1985;
faculty, Brite Division School, Texas Christian U., 1985-1989. Member governing board National Council Churches, 1973-1985. Delegate 5th Assembly of World Council Churches, Nairobi, Kenya, 1975, 6th Assembly, Vancouver, B.C., Can, 1983.
Representative National Council Churches in Exchange of Church Leadership with Soviet Union, 1974.
Married Wanda Jean Strong, May 28, 1944. Children: David Kent, Marshall Kirk.