Bachelor, Hiram College, 1950; Bachelor's Degree, University of Chicago, 1953; Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1964; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1974.
Campus minister First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lawrence, Kansas, 1953-1955, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1957. Acting executive National Campus Ministry Disciples, Indianapolis, 1956. National staff member Student Christian Movement of India, Bangalore, 1957-1958.
Southeast Asia secretary World Student Christian Federation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1958-1960. Member faculty Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, India, 1966-1970, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, 1972-1976. Executive secretary integration & personnel division overseas ministries Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1978-1983, executive secretary East Asia & the Pacific division overseas ministries, 1984-1993.
Researcher Indiana Academy Religion, Indianapolis, 1976-1977. Chairman East Asia and Pacific committee National Council Churches-United States of America, New York City, 1988-1991.
Member Society for Christian Ethics.
Married Margaret Sue Gillespie, January 19, 1957. Children: Karen Kumari Hudson-Bates, Kristen Naomi Bates Scott.