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DR. David C. Rourk, Emeritus 

Executive Secretary David C. Rourk was one of seven children born in Bolivia, North Carolina to David and Louroxie Rourk. Both of his parents passed away and he and his brother were destined for orphanage. However, he was adopted at the age of seven by Mother Hattie Rutledge and was raised in Lake Alfred, Florida.

He received his Godly training early in the COGBF under the leadership of Elder Nathaniel Scippio, his mother, and many other men and women of God. In 1953, he accepted Christ under the leadership of Elder E. J. Lewis and was further matured in the Lord under Elder Eugene Kemp and Elder D. L. Smith.


He met and married the love of his life, Lady Ruth Coley on June 6, 1958 and four children were born to that union. Though the Lord called her home, the memories of her beautiful soul will last a lifetime. 


Ruling Elder Rourk has served in many capacities within the COGBF including the president of the National Youth Council, deacon, adult Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and chairman of his district’s Finance Board. In 1972, he was called into the ministry and was later ordained. 


He was appointed pastor of the Greater Adams Street COGBF Rochester, NY in 1974. In 1979, he was appointed district elder of the Northwestern New York District. In 1991, he was appointed to the National Executive Board where he serves as the executive secretary. He has served as pastor for several churches on the NWNY District such as Prayer House, Syracuse, Sodus Center and Geneva COGBF. We appreciate his leadership and continue to celebrate his decades of faithful service.


The Late Mother Ruth Rourk

If anyone were to describe this beautiful Woman of God, the Proverbs 31 Woman would be most fitting. Mother Ruth Rourk was a woman who loved God, her husband, her family, her church family, and those who she met along the way who became attached to her. The biblical meaning of her name Ruth means “companion, friend, vision of beauty”. She certainly lived up to the name. 


As the First Lady of Greater Adams St Church of God By Faith for 43 years, Mother Rourk played a pivotal role. She held many positions and birthed many ministries over the years. Mother Rourk loved to cook, she loved to sing, she had a sense of humor, but most of all she loved people. She was known most for being the “Card Lady”. She had a card for every occasion and it was nothing for her to have a little something in the card. People from all over the United States had the pleasure of receiving cards and words of inspiration from this woman who was called ‘friend” by many. Unbeknowst to many, she also supported many ministries and causes around the world.


Proverbs 31:26 says “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue”. Mother Rourk was a true vessel of the Lord and he would use her mightily whenever she spoke. Her heart desire was to instruct all to love the Lord and serve him with your whole heart and soul. Her favorite saying was “guard your heart”.


After a valiant fight with ALS, Mother Rourk earned her crown and her angel wings on September 7, 2017. She not only left a hole in the hearts of many, but her legacy continues in her son, her 3 daughters and her grandchildren. Mother Rourk is truly missed and her last words to the church will always ring in the memories off all- she blew a kiss and said “I love you all”. And she did.


Words from our Mother...

"Wanting to be ready for Christ's return will make a difference in the way we live."

- Mother Ruth Rourk

Meet The Rourk's 


Remembering Mother Rourk at the ALS  Walk

Pastor D. Christopher Rourk (far left), Minister Cheryl Brown (left), Minister Sonya Miller (middle), Youth Leader Karen Fletcher (right).