Associate of Arts, Graceland College, Lamoni, 1922. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Graceland College, Lamoni, 1970. Bachelor of Arts Missouri, 1924.
Ordained to ministry, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1928; associate pastor, Stone Church Congregation, Independence, 1929-1930; pastor, First Church, Portland, Oregon, 1945-1946; member of council, Twelve Apostles, 1947-1950; counsellor to president, Reorganized Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1950-1958; president, Reorganized Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1958-1978; president emeritus, Reorganized Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1978-1989; assistant editor in chief, Saints' Herald, 1950-1958; editor in chief, Saints' Herald, 1958-1978; contributing editor, Saints' Herald, from 1979. Director Pacific Land Development Association.
Member board trustees Independence Sanitarium and Hospital. Honorary fellow Harry Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs. Member Missouri History Society (trustee), Jackson County History Society, Chamber of Commerce, Delta Upsilon.
Married Rosamond Bunnell, November 12, 1924. Children— Rosalee (Mistress Otto Helmut Elser), Wallace Bunnell.