Suzanne became Rector of the Seven Towers in September 2013.Before that she was the curate at Holy Trinity Longlevens, just around the corner. Originally from Liverpool, Suzanne is married to Chris and has three grown up children, Emma, Rachael and Josh and recently became a nanny to grandson Luca. Suzanne enjoys walking the dogs with Chris, especially loves holidays in North Wales, listening to music and in her own words, ‘on occasion trying to jog’! She also enjoys her role as a governor at Norton Church of England Primary School and the friendships there.
Philippa has been Associate Priest in the Seven Towers Benefice since 2015, working alongside Rev Suzanne in all aspects of parish ministry. Before that she was a curate and then Interim Minister at St John the Evangelist in Churchdown and Innsworth. Married to Ian, a consultant in Elderly Care at Gloucester Royal for over 30 years, they have 3 sons, all working in the Arts, 3 daughters in law, and one granddaughter of nearly 2. Earlier in life Philippa was a music teacher and mum. She is passionate about singing and joins the the Three Choirs Festival Chorus every 3 years when it comes to Gloucester. She also loves reading, walking by the sea and creating cross-stitch samplers for family and friends’ special birthdays.
David is the former Chaplain of Gloucester Royal Hospital. In 2016 his book ‘Proud Scars’ was published – a combined family history and memoir, in which David traces the fate of family relations in wartime Germany, and reflects on his own life as a Christian with Jewish roots. He was also chosen as one of the subjects in artist Russell Haines’ portrait project ‘Faith’, an exhibition which started its tour at Gloucester Cathedral and tells the story of 37 individuals from different backgrounds. David conducts services throughout the benefice. (See a video of the ‘Faith’ project here)
Rod is married to Caroline and they have two grown-up children. They are both retired teachers: Rod taught Physics at Dean Close School for 25 years, and Caroline taught Mathematics at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. They have recently moved to Leckhampton and are involved in the life of St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham but, as a Reader, Rod also helps out in the Seven Towers. Mainly this involves leading and preaching at evening services around the various churches, but he and Caroline took part in the highly popular Alpha course, and Rod is also part of the Open The Book team at Norton School. Another part of Rod’s ministry is that he writes Christian sketches (some have been used in our services) and has a website rodschristiansketches.co.uk where his creations are available free of charge.