AB, Westmar College, 1954. Doctor of Divinity, Westmar College, 1975. Bachelor's Degree, Evangelical Theol Seminary, Naperville, Illinois, 1957.
Doctor of Science (honorary), Dakota Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, University Dubuque Theological School.
Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1957. Pastor churches Tuttle, North Dakota, 1957—1960, Minot, 1960—1961, Fargo, 1962—1965, Calvary Church, Fargo, 1962—1965. Chaplain United States Air Force, 1961—1962.
Elected assistant secretary evangelical United Brethren Board Evangelism, Dayton, Ohio, 1965—1967. Assistant general secretary Board Evangelism, United Methodist Church, Nashville, 1967—1974. Elected associate general secretary division evangelism, worship and stewardship Board Discipleship, 1974—1984.
Bishop Des Moines, since 1984. Teacher young adult Sunday School Class.
Married Beverly Nadine Eilerbeck, August 20, 1953. Children: Deborah, Ann, Philip, David.