St. Catherine AME Zion Church Striving to Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God!




Rev. Rouse was born in South Bend, Indiana, and was educated in the South Bend public schools. He graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1961. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. While in the military, he also did undergraduate studies at the North Texas State University in the area of Political Science. Rev Rouse received The Masters of Arts Degree in Theological Studies from the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

He is married to the former Alice D. Lark. They have five grown children. They also have seventeen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Rev. Rouse serves as the Pastor of St. Catherine African American Episcopal Zion Church in New Rochelle, New York.

Rev. Rouse served as the Pastor of St. Matthew-Gordon A.M.E Zion Church in Chicago, Illinois, for sixteen years. He has also Pastored Clement Memorial A.M.E Zion Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He is Chairman of the District Board of Examiners on the Westchester District of the A.M.E Zion Church. He chairs the Holy Orders Committee of the New York Annual Conference of the A.M.E Zion Church. He is a member of the Board of Trustee’s of The New York Annual Conference, a member of the Finance Committee of the New York Annual Conference, and serves as the Conference Statistician. He serves as the secretary of  the Harriet Tubman Home Board of Directors.

Rev. Rouse is actively involved in the community. He serves as member of the Ambulance Commission for the City of New Rochelle; Co-Chairman of the Coalition For Mutual Respect of New Rochelle; Chairman of the Citizens For A Better New Rochelle; member of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice; member of the Advisory Council for the Westchester County Department of Social Services.

Rev. Rouse has been honored by the Community Action Program of New Rochelle, by being awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award. He was recently given the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Maker Award by the Coalition for Mutual Respect, of New Rochelle.