Graduate, Montclair State Normal School, New Jersey, 1922. Bachelor, Dickinson College, 1927. Bachelor's Degree, Drew Theological Seminary, 1930.
Postgraduate in philosophy, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1931. Postgraduate in philosophy, Rutgers University, 1934. Doctor of Divinity, Dickinson College, 1943.
Doctor of Laws, Dickinson College, 1949. STD, Boston University, 1949. STD, Morgan State College, 1966.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Western Maryland College, 1963. Doctor of Humane Letters, Delaware State College, 1971. Doctor of Laws, Montclair State College, 1975.
Teacher, principal New Jersey public schools, 1922-1924;
assistant pastor, Emory Methodist Church, Jersey City, 1927-1930;
pastor during construction with volunteer labor, Union (New Jersey) Community Church, 1931-1934;
pastor, 1st Methodist Church, Arlington, New Jersey, 1935-1938;
pastor, 1st Methodist Church, Westfield, New Jersey, 1938-1948;
elected bishop, Methodist Church, 1948;
consecrated bishop, Trinity Methodist Church, Albany, 1948;
assigned, Boston area, 1948-1960;
assigned, Washington area, 1960, 64, 68;
executive coordinator, The Bishop's Call for Peace and Self Development of People, Washington, from 1972. Delaware to Gen Conference The Methodist Church, 1944-1948. Member Commission Ecumenical Affairs.
President General Board Pensions. President council bishops United Methodist Church, from 1970. President Massachusetts Council Churches, 1943-1955, Methodist Corporation, Washington.
Member board lay activities N.E. Jurisdiction. Member general board National Council Churches of Christ in United States of America. Corporator New England Deaconess Association.
Trustee Claflin College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, American University, Western Maryland College, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Morgan Christian Center, Morgan State cOll., Baltimore. Chairman board governors Wesley Theological Seminary. Member and vice chairman visitors committee Harvard Division School.
Member National Council for Responsible Firearms Policy. Chairman Interreligious Committee on Race. Trustee New England Deaconess Hospital, president, 1950-1956.
Honorary chairman Committee of Responsibility (for Vietnamese children). Member United States Intereligious Committee on Peace. Member Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam.
Member Phi Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Alpha, Masons (33 degree).
Son of John James and Catherine (Carmichael) L. M. Margaret Farrington Ratcliffe, April 29, 1931. 1 daughter, Jean Phillips (Mistress Arnold C. Cooper).