AB, Carson Newman College, 1949. Bachelor's Degree, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1952. Doctor of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1956.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Center Philippines University, 1987. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Alderson Broaddus College, 1989. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hebrew College, 1999.
Professor Old Testament Crozer-Midwestern Southern Baptist Sems., 1956-1964. Senior pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany, New York, 1964-1971, 1st Baptist Church, White Plains, 1971-1977, North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago, 1977-1989. Vice president academy life, dean of faculty Colgate Rochester Division School, Rochester, New York, 1989-1991.
Interim senior minister First Baptist Church, 1992-1993. Interim president Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, 1993-1994. Interim senior minister First Baptist Church, Worcester, 1994-1996, 1st Baptist Church, White Plains, New York, 2000—2001.
Trustee University Chicago Division School, since 1978. Visiting professor University Melbourne, Australia, 1992. With United States Infantry, 1943-1945.
Member International Bonhoeffer Society.
Married Virginia Ellen Case, October 14, 1945. Children: Virginia Lee, Beverly A.