Rector of the Northleach Benefice
The community of St Peter & St Paul is led by our Rector, the Revd David Ford. David was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Northleach Benefice in September 2014, and inducted as Rector in January 2016.
Prior to moving to Northleach, David was Team Vicar in the former mining town of Hucknall, just north of Nottingham, and School Chaplain to a large state secondary school in the town. He served his title at the civic parish church of St Peter’s, Leeds.
David is married to Liz. They have two children in their twenties, Becky, a structural engineer in Yorkshire, and Kieran, a PhD student in New Zealand. The vicarage is also home to four cats, a black lab, Poppy, and a cocker spaniel, Dylan.
David is assisted in the benefice by our curate, Ilse, and by our Reader, John Hollows. In addition a number of retired clergy visit the parishes to assist with services including Rt Revd David Jennings, the retired bishop of Warrington who lives in the town. Between them, they serve the parish of Northleach and the other seven parishes of the Northleach Benefice.
Our curate, the Revd Ilse Ferwerda, was ordained in June 2016 and is serving her title in the Northleach Benefice.
Prior to ordination, Ilse was a qualified nurse. She did her nursing training in The Netherlands, her home country, and qualified as an RGN in 1993 before moving to the UK in 1996. She has held a variety of posts since then, and ended her nursing career as senior nurse in a care home in May 2016.
In June 2016 she moved to Northleach to start her curacy. Ilse’s civil partner and their two cats still live in their house in Stroud.
In her spare time, Ilse likes active pursuits: walking, running and ballet.
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