Matthew Rouse, Jr. was born to the late Matthew Rouse, Sr. and Susie B. Rouse in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He is married to the former Dr. Winnie Pone and they have one son Reverend Dr. Matthew D. Rouse, III, daughter-in-law, Marquitta and a handsome grandson, Matthew IV.
Reverend Rouse confessed Christ at the early age of 12. He was then baptized and joined the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Saint Pauls, North Carolina. During his years there, he served in numerous offices and positions, i.e. Superintendent of Church School, Director of Church Training Union, Teacher of Church School and Church Training Union, Church Clerk, Church Treasurer and Trustee.
Reverend Rouse is a 1967 Honor graduate of the former East Side High School of Saint Pauls, North Carolina. After graduation, he attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University of Greensboro, North Carolina and completed 2 years. Due to the untimely demise of his mother, he returned home to assist with the care of his brothers and sisters. He then entered Robeson Community College of Lumberton, North Carolina (Former Robeson Technical Institute) and earned an Associate Degree in Building Trades Drafting. With such tremendous determination, Reverend Rouse later attended Shaw University of Raleigh, North Carolina and achieved a B.A. Degree in Behavioral Science and graduated Cum Laude. He also did further studies at Shaw Divinity School of Raleigh, North Carolina and obtained a Masters of Theology degree from International Seminary of Plymouth Florida. In recognition of his labor and work in Robeson County, Tri-County Bible College and Seminary in Maxton, North Carolina awarded Reverend Rouse a Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Doctor Rouse strives to advance the kingdom of Christ by being involved in the community, as well as the church. Among the many positions held are President of Pastors’ and Minister’s Conference of the Union Baptist Association, First Vice-Moderator and Moderator of the Union Missionary Baptist Association (four years each) and many boards and committees of the Union Association. He currently serves as Executive Secretary of Union Missionary Baptist Association. He has also served two year as the Assistant to Dr. Aaron J. Johnson, Pastor Emeritus of the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Doctor Rouse served twelve and one-half years as Pastor of the Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina. Doctor Rouse has served the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church as Pastor for the past seventeen years.
Additional accolades for Doctor Rouse are serving as President of the Saint Pauls’ Branch of the NAACP, Past Board member of Saint Pauls’ Board of Education. Also in 1998, the Union Missionary Baptist Association recognized Pastor Rouse as Pastor of the Year. He held the position of Moderator of Moderators from 2002 to 2006 for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He presently serves as a General Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
Doctor Rouse was recognized as a Gold Member of the Raeford/ Hoke Literacy Council where he served on the Board of Directors and as chairman. He is a member of the American Society of Christian Therapists. Doctor Rouse was the Religious Coordinator for the Evergreen Rehab Center of Saint Pauls, North Carolina. Doctor Rouse was appointed by Governor Michael F. Easley in 2004 for a four year term on the North Carolina Inmate Grievance Resolution Board and he was reappointed for another four year term in 2008. Additionally, Dr. Rouse is the Chairman of the Board of Directions for the Cape Fear Regional Bureau for Community Action, Inc. and President of the Hoke County Civic League. Also, he is currently the chief judge for the new Stoney Point #2 Voting Precinct in Cumberland County and he was awarded as a “2006 Man of Honor” for Excellence in Community/Christian Leadership by Rise Newspaper. He was also featured on the cover of November 2010 edition of 'The Piece' magazine.
Dr. Rouse became an international speaker and revivalist by traveling to Liberia, West Africa. His visit included the capital which is Monrovia. This delegation did revival in New Georgia Baptist Church located in the town of New Georgia Estates. He presently serves on the Board of Advisors for Ricks Institute, which is a grade school from K to 12 Grade for learning and the faith community of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc. based out of Virginia & West Africa.
Above all, Matthew Rouse, Jr. is a True Disciple that is honorably after the heart of GOD!