AB, Bates College, 1954; Bachelor's Degree, Yale University, 1957; Master of Arts, Yale University, 1959; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1966.
Assistant instructor Yale University, New Haven, 1959-1961. Theology instructor Andover Newton (Massachusetts) Theological Seminary, 1961-1963, assistant professor, 1970-1973, associate professor, 1970-1973, professor, since 1973. Secretariat World Council Churches, Geneva, Switzerland, 1963-1967.
Board directors Association for Case Teaching, Connecticut, Geneva Point Centre, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Council Compulsive Gambling, president, since 1987.
Member American Academy Religion, Association for Evangelism in Theological Education, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Diane Elizabeth West, July 2, 1955. Children: Amy Louise, Jared West, Nathan Snow.