Bachelor, York College, Nebraska, 1947. M.Th., Iliff School Theology, Denver, 1953. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1970.
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa, 1977. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Philander Smith College, 1978. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Baker University, 1989.
Ordained to ministry, United Methodist Church, 1952; pastor churches in, Nebraska and Colorado, 1945-1968; district superintendent, Central district United Methodist Church, Kearney, Nebraska, 1968-1973; senior pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, Nebraska, 1973-1976; bishop, Arkansas area United Methodist Church, Little Rock, 1976-1984; bishop Kansas area, United Methodist Church, Topeka, since 1984.
Trustee St. Paul School Theology, Kansas City, Missouri, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, Methodist Hospital, Memphis, Philander Smith College, Little Rock. Trustee Lydia Patterson Institute, El Paso, Texas. Trustee Methodist Children's Home, Little Rock.
Chairman United Negro College Fund Arkansas, 1977. Member of Lions, Rotary, Shriners.
Married Lila Elaine Goodwin, August 11, 1946. Children: Linda Diane, Debra Dawn.