Luonne Abram Rouse profile1Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ministry

Luonne Abram Rouse has been described by his peers in the field of pastoral counseling as having the ability to speak readily of the theological implications of individual cases, while paralleling processes within the clinical arena. Rouse utilizes a therapeutic approach, always combining pastoral care and social action. He places particular emphasis toward the elimination of racist attitudes and moving toward racial reconciliation.

Dr. Rouse served as the first chief executive officer of The Sisk Foundation (with assets of 2.7 million dollars) and added twenty-five counseling services meeting the basic needs of the local transient, unemployed, elderly, deinstitutionalized, homeless, which often included substance abusers, HIV/AIDS patients, and others marginalized individuals.

On December 1, 2003, Rouse relocated to Harlem, New York, for a reengineering mission service in an urban context at Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church. In this capacity and developed Metro Health Ministries, a counseling and consultation service in the targeted area of East Harlem, which offers “Brief Substance Abuse Intervention and Family Therapy,” with primary care to those persons faced with HIV/AIDS.

Education

  • D.Min., Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • MDiv., ITC - Gammon Theological Seminary

Honors / Awards / Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Chaplains Corps
  • Certified Pastoral Counselor
  • Certified Stephen Leader in the Stephen Ministries Series 
  • Certified Youth Leader and Consultant
  • Church Growth Consultant
  • Race Relations Consultant
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Author of LAPTOP THEOLOGIAN – Sincere Ministry: Ministering from the Heart (published 2015)

Pastoral Appointments

  • Orangeburg Parish United Methodist (3 churches)  Orangeburg, South Carolina 1976-1980
  • Dillon Parish United Methodist (3 churches) Dillon, South Carolina 1980-1985
  • Middleton-Rosemond United Methodist Church Columbia, South Carolina 1985-1986
  • A newly formed, inter-racial congregation
  • Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Greenville, South Carolina 1986-1991, 2500 member predominantly White congregation
  • marked first cross-racial appointment in South Carolina Methodism since Reconstruction
  • Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church Conway/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 1991-1994 Founding Pastor
  • Disciples United Methodist Church Greenville, South Carolina 1994-2003
  • Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church New York City, New York 2003-2010
  • United Methodist Church Huntington Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, New York 2010-2016
  • First Church Baldwin United Methodist, Baldwin, New York 2016 - current