Bachelor, Goshen College, 1963. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1965. Bachelor's Degree, Garrett Theological Seminary, 1966.
Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, 1969.
Visiting instructor, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1968-1969; visiting assistant professor, Duke U., Durham, North Carolina, 1969-1970; professor religious studies, Alma (Michigan) College, since 1970; Charles A. Dana professor, Alma (Michigan) College, since 1985. Adjunct Professor San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California, since 1975.
Board of directors Michigan Council Humanities, Lansing, 1978-1982. Member American Academy Religion.
Married Rhoda May Nyce, June 9, 1963. Children: Nicole, Danielle.