Faith Family UCC Pastor’s Bio
Rev. Dr. Katherine (Kathy) Rooke is the founding pastor of Faith Family UCC. Ordained in November 2007, Rev. Rooke first served as an associate pastor of a local church in another denomination before founding Faith Family Community Church in November 2009, which later became Faith Family UCC. Prior to her seminary studies at Florida Center for Theological Studies in Orlando, Rev. Rooke had earned a PhD at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO taught English at the high school, community college and university levels in New York, Missouri and Florida. Rev. Rooke lives in Bradenton with her partner of seventeen years, Mary Ruggeri. They are the parents of Noah, Angel, Callie Anne and Choo Choo, (all of whom are rescues and survivors). They are proud grandparents of Keegan, Paige, and Tori, whom they cherish beyond words.