Peter Rouch - Chief Executive

After an early career with Barclays Bank, Peter trained for ministry at Westcott House in Cambridge. A curacy in London was followed by a period as a research fellow on the staff of St Stephen’s House in Oxford. Peter was Priest in Charge of two parishes near the centre of Manchester. Peter says that this period of ministry was hugely significant in shaping his passions and priorities. After nearly a decade as Archdeacon of Bournemouth, serving across the breadth of Anglican traditions, Peter worked for the Church of England on the transforming effectiveness agenda. He joined Church Army as our Chief Executive in May 2021.

Peter has been a long-time supporter of Church Army, having been involved with the Southampton Centre of Mission during his time as Archdeacon of Bournemouth.

Peter says: “There is, of course, understandable interest in what I have done and the places I have ministered until now. It strikes me, however, that when all this has been said, the story’s hardly been told. That story is written in the people with whom I have been privileged to share my life; people too numerous to name individually, whose gifts and wisdom have shaped me. It seems to me that deeply embedded in the heart of Church Army is this very understanding, that it is our lives and the practical love we offer that must join our words as we proclaim the God of love. Lives shape lives and the life of God in Christ shapes all.

I have watched the videos and read the blogs; “We are Church Army”. In the context of the centres of mission, the key projects, those who encourage and enable the evangelism of God’s people and support this mission with research and practical care, that is a wonderful thing to be able to claim."

Peter is married to Tracey and they have two daughters. The boundless energy of Jaffa, the Brittany Spaniel, completes the household.

You can find out more about Peter, his faith and his heart for people in this article from our supporter magazine Catalyst.