Bachelor, Bethany College, West Virginia, 1949. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Bethany College, West Virginia, 1987. Bachelor's Degree, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1953.
Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1962. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, 1984.
Machinist apprentice Westinghouse, 1943—1945. Pastor Church of Christ, Canoe Camp and Covington, Pennsylvania, 1949-1950. Field worker Church of the Master, New York City, 1950-1953.
Associate minister National City Christian Church, Washington, 1954-1958. Fraternal worker Council on Christian Unity, France, 1958-1965. With CIMADE and Centre de Glay.
With youth department World Council of Churches, Geneva, 1965-1968. Executive secretary for Latin American and Caribbean Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church Christ, Indianapolis, 1968-1976. Executive secretary East Asia and Pacific Division Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1976-1983.
President, executive secretary Europe Division Overseas Ministries Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis, 1984-1994, president emeritus, 2004. Retired, 1994; affiliate professor mission Christian Theological Seminary, 1995—2005. Chaplain United States Naval Reserve, 1954-1965.
Member Indiana Faith and Labor Network, Committee To Free Lori Berenson, Eagle Scout, 1946. Member of Association American Indian Affair, Disciples Justice Action Network, United Christian Missionary Society, Association Disciples for Theological Discussion, Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, Sierra Club, Kappa Alpha.
Married Patricia Clutts, February 1, 1949. Children: Theodore Jess, Deborah Joan Selke, Nancy Alice, Gregory Philip.