Pastor Vincent M. Rouse, Sr. is a dynamic man of God with a passion for God’s word and a heart full of love for all people.
Born and raised in New Jersey Reverend Rouse is a trained teacher, who serves in the City of Newark Public School System where he has earned the respect of his students, peers and the educational fraternity. He received his Ministerial training through The Progressive National Baptist.
This man of God has been in Church leadership for over 20 years starting at New Hope Baptist Church, Newark and had the distinguished privilege of serving as Vice President of the New Jersey Progressive Baptist State Convention for three years.
Reverend Rouse was called to the Pastorate of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in August of 2006. With an uncompromising vision and mandate from God for God’s people, he has been building and developing a family-friendly Church in the heart of the community. He has a profound faith in God as the ultimate provider and sustainer.
Under the Leadership of Pastor Rouse Pleasant Grove has experienced tremendous growth. God has blessed this ministry through this visionary to accomplish things such a: the formation of The Sanctuary Choir, the reorganizing of the Male Chorus, the Golden Age Ministry, the Food and Clothing Ministry, Summer Youth Development Camp, the formation of the Community Development Corporation. The church has also purchased property to further ministry through “The House of Hope” located at 208 Chadwick Avenue.
Since 2006 three ministers have been licensed to preach the gospel and five men ordained to the office of Deacon. Two more ministers are scheduled to be licensed this year so far.
Pastor Rouse serves as the President of the Southward Clergy Alliance in Newark. Pleasant Grove Church is an active member of the North Jersey Missionary Baptist Association where Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor is Moderator.
Pastor Rouse received numerous awards for his dedication to the community and believes in building a ministry of love, learning, and liberation.
Pastor Rouse and his wife Reverend Natasha Rouse are an anointed team that God is using to move the Church and the community through the stages of development to becoming a strong family. Their children Cameron, Vincent Jr. and Victoria complete the Rouse clan.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!