AB, Stanford University, 1973; Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1975; Doctor of Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1979.
Interim pastor Geneva Road Baptist Church, Wheaton, Illinois, 1985-1986. Senior pastor 1st Baptist Church, Wichita, Kansas, since 1988. Chaplain, assistant professor religious studies Sioux Falls (South Dakota) College, 1978-1983.
Chaplain, assistant professor biblical and theological studies Wheaton College, 1983-1988. Adjunct professor New Testament, Northern Baptist Seminary, since 1984. Board directors Christian Ministry to Offenders, Wichita, since 1988.
Board of directors Lawndale Community Center, Chicago, since 1982, Fellowship ChristianAthletes, since 1988. Coach American Youth Soccer Organisation, Wichita, 1990-1991. Member Catholic Biblical Association, Society Biblical Literature, American Academy Religion, Institute for Biblical Research, Evangelical Philosophical Society.
Married Susan E. Sjurson, July 28, 1973. Children: Joshua, Nathan, Jonathan, Joy.