I guess he was an ordained minister. This is from Ancestry.com It is Elwood Radcliff's World War I draft card (C) which gives the following information when he lived in Lockport, Niagara County, New York.
Permanent address: 123 South Street, Lockport, Niagara, NY
Age 40, DOB: 28 March, 1878; Native born; Present Occupation; Ordained Minister of the Gospel; Employers Name: Ennis Tyree of the A.M.E. Church, South Street, Lockport, Niagara.
Signed 12 September 1918, G Sheridan Bixby chairman of the Local Board Tioga County.