• Born March 26, 1930, in Princeton, Ind.

  • Married Martha Ellen Pegram of Princeton

  • Degrees: University of Evansville, AB 1955 and Garrett Biblical Institute, BD 1959

  • Trainer in leadership development, and instructor at the University of Evansville, Certified trainer for Marriage Enrichment

  • Member: Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honorary Fraternity

  • Pastoral ministry: Epworth, Wolcott, Carrollton, Tell City, IU Wesley Foundation, Beech Grove, Carmel

  • Evansville District Superintendent

  • Director of South Indiana Conference Council on Ministries

  • Delegate to North Central Jurisdictional Conference (1972-84) and to General Conference (1976-84)

  • Elected bishop 1984 and assigned to Wisconsin Area (1984-92) and Illinois Area (1992-96)

  • Vice President of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (President of Division on Chaplains and Related Ministry)

  • Vice President and President of the General Board of Discipleship (and Chairperson of Long Range Planning Committee)

  • Member Steering Committee for Africa University (Chairperson of its Curriculum and Design Committee and of the Selection Committee for first Dean of School of Theology).

  • President of the Wisconsin Conference of Churches

  • President of the North Central College of Bishops

  • Chairperson of the Committee to Study the Ministry

  • Member, executive committee of the World Methodist Council and president of its Committee on International Theological Education.

  • Bishop-in-Residence at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.

  • Two children: a son, John Mark, married to Louann (who have one son, Matthew); and a daughter, Karen Sue, married to Ray Eynon (who have two children, Rachel and Jacob)

  • Died, Thursday, May 31, 2007 at his home in Franklin, Ind.

  • Memorial service, June 11, St. Luke's UMC, Indianapolis with interment of ashes at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.