Bishop G. Elizabeth (Simmons) Rouse is the Senior Pastor of the Temple of Joy Sounds of Praise Church, Bronx, NY. She is Energetic, vibrant, loving and dedicated to the work of the Lord – A Mother, Pastor, Evangelist, Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor, Facilitator. She is involved in Youth Minister, Street Ministry, Prison Ministry, and Radio Ministry.


She is currently a National Mother and Bishop of the Youth Department in the Sounds of Praise P.F.M. Ministry. (Her late brother, Bishop Nathaniel Simmons, was the founder of this Ministry in 1994 – Her youngest brother, Apostle Allen H. Simmons is currently Chief Prelate.) She was educated in Biblical Studies at the Manhattan Bible Institute, NYC, Moody Bible College, Teacher Evangelical Institute, and Administrative/Management studies at Westchester Business College, White Plains, NY.


She has been preaching for over 25 yea rs and has won many souls to Christ. She was born in Jedburg, SC, later moved to NYC at the age of 12. She is the tenth of 13 children (2 deceased). She is a resident of Milford, CT, Married to Bishop Gilbert T. Rouse, with 4 Biological Children, 3 Adoptive Children, 6 God Children, and 7 Grand Children.

She likes reading, writing, cooking, gardening, walking, and bowling. She is a creative writer (poems and plays), likes music (has written many inspired songs), enjoys creative dance and art. She has a flair for fashion and enjoys wearing hats. But above all she, is a Woman of God call and anointed to preach the Word of God