Bachelor, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1962. Bachelor's Degree, Drew Theological Seminary, 1965. Postgraduate, University Tübingen, Federal Republic Germany, 1966.
Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1970.
Assistant minister Methodist Church, Morristown, New Jersey, 1963-1965. Assistant and associate professor University Montana, Missoula, 1969-1981. Professor Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, since 1981.
Visiting professor University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1977. Board directors Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek, Oregon, since 1985. Member Board Ordained Ministry United Methodist Church, Oregon, Idaho, since 1986.
Member Society Biblical Literature (president Pacific Northwest 1984-1985), American Academy Religion.
Son of Clifford Joseph and Irene Mae (Knowles) McG. Divorced; children: Lane Junior, Charis.