Student, Spring Arbor College.
Photographer Detroit Times, 1935-1940. Ordained to ministry Free Methodist Church, 1943. Pastor Albion, Michigan, 1940-1942.
Regional director Young People's Missionary Society Free Methodist Church North America, 1943-1946. Field director Spring Arbor College, 1947-1948. Pastor Winona Lake, Indiana, 1949-1952.
Director Youth for Christ International, Japan, Korea, 1953-1955. Superintendent Southern Michigan Conference, 1956-1968. Bishop, since 1969
Chairman, organizer Commission Evangelism and Spiritual Life National Association Evangelicals.
Member advisory council American Bible Society, 1969-1976. Board directors Free Methodist Church N. American, since 1972, president, since 1977, president board administration, since 1979. Chairman World Fellowship Free Methodist Churches.
Member Governor's Committee Food for the Hungry, 1958-1960. Trustee Spring Arbor College, secretary executive committee, 1960-1975. Member National Association Evangelicals, Christian Holiness Association Clubs: Rotarian, Kiwanian.
Married Dorothy C. Gates, October 19, 1935. Children– William Leon, Dale Leroy, Lyn Dean, Richard Burton.