Bachelor, Concordia Senior College, 1961; Master of Divinity, Concordia Seminary, 1965; postgraduate, Ruprecht-Karl Universitat, Heidelberg, Germany, 1965-1966; Doctor of Theology, Harvard University, 1980.
Pastor, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Canyon, Texas, 1967-1970;
chaplain, Norfolk County House of Correction, Dedham, Massachusetts, 1972-1973;
assistant secretary, Commision on Theology and Church Rels. Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, St. Louis, 1973-1975;
executive director, Commision on Theology and Church Rels. Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, St. Louis, since 1975.
Executive secretary International Lutheran Council, since 1994.
Member North America Academy Ecumenists, Faith and Order commission of National Council Churches.
Married Janis Elaine Schoppa, July 2, 1967. Children: Heidi, Christian, Peter, Jonathan.