BORN at Ellerslie, Prince Edward Island, September 17, 1899. Received high school education at Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, and matriculated into King's University, Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1917; received B. A. degree 1921, M. A. in 1923. Took two years' post-graduate work in theology at King's University (1921-1923). Ordained to the diaconate of the Church of England in Canada 1923. Studied theology for one year at Oxford, England (1923-1924). Ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church, Dartmouth, 1924. Rector of the parish of Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, 1924-1927.
Entered the General Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1927, and received the degree of Master of Sacred Theology in 1930. Became a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Columbia University in 1931.