After 37 years of denomination work, Steve A. Rose Sr. retired on March 1, 2021. Rose and his family moved to the Kentucky-Tennessee
Conference when he was 8 years old. He graduated from Highland Academy in 1967. Shortly after graduation, he joined the military and served in Vietnam, returning home in January of 1970.
He began his denominational service in 1971 at the Washington Sanitarium and Hospital. He then became a teacher at North Ridge Elementary School in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Rose spent several years as an administrator in Sunbelt Health Care Centers, and then he felt the call to become a pastor.
In 1989, he joined the Kentucky-
Tennessee Conference where his first pastoral district was Frankfort and Cynthiana, Ky. On May 29, 1993 at the Kentucky-Tennessee Camp Meeting, Rose was ordained. H.M.S. Richards Jr. gave the sermon. He moved to the Gulf States Conference and stayed there until 2003.
Rose graduated with a master of arts from Southern Adventist University on May 11, 2003. After graduation, he and his family made a move to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference where he served as the Southern Region ministerial director. In June of 2012, he returned to the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, and served for more than eight years as the vice president for administration.
Steve Rose married Doreen Retzer on August 5, 1973. They have two children, Cara (Chad) Litchfield and Steve Allen (Octavia) Rose; four grandchildren, Emmaline Litchfield, Malaki Anderson, Olive Rose, and Fernon Rose. They plan to stay in the Springfield, Tenn., area.
Kentucky-Tennesee | March 2021