David Stroud

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David Stroud is an evangelical Christian and signatory to the conservative Westminster 2010 declaration. He is married to Tory special adviser and former think tanker Philippa Stroud.[1]

Early life

According to Philippa Stroud ‘he [David] told me that when he had reached the age of seventeen Dave Devenish had taken him under his wing, recognizing in him a future church-planter’. [2]

Later Stroud gained a degree in theology. [2]


David Stroud is a leader in the Newfrontiers Church.[3] He is a signatory to the Westminster Declaration[4], a statement backed by "socially conservative" Christians which has been criticised by other Christian organisations, such as the think-tank Ekklesia, the Christian Socialist Movement, the Conservative Christian Fellowship and the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum. The Declaration promotes "a particular interpretation of marriage", while also addressing issues such as abortion, euthanasia and the freedoms of Christians.[5]

Philippa Stroud also attends the Newfrontiers Church. Number 7 of the Church's Vision and Values affirms that:

A Church where Biblical family life is highly valued, where husband and wife embrace male servant leadership and joyful female submission, where godly parenting is taught and practised, and where the special value of singleness and its unique opportunities are affirmed.[6]

Jonathan Bartley, co-director of Ekklesia, asks:

Who would voters be electing in Sutton and Cheam - Philippa Stroud or her husband? The question must be asked whether, in the event she was elected to Parliament, she would on any occasion ‘submit’ to her husband's will and vote in a way that he thought was right, even if it contradicted her own position, the promises she had made to voters, or the manifesto on which she was elected?[7]

Publications, Contact, Resources, Notes



Church Planting:http://ukchurchplanting.org/


  1. Written Ministerial Statement on Special Adviser numbers, costs and revised model contract and code of conduct Cabinet Office, 11 June 2010, accessed 08.09.10
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philippa Stroud and Christine Leonard God's Heart for the Poor, Eastbourne: Kingsway Publications, 1999, p. 38 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "book" defined multiple times with different content
  3. Staff writers, "Philippa Stroud's husband signs controversial Christian election declaration", Ekklesia, 05.05.10, accessed 17.09.10
  4. "Westminster Declaration", Westminster2010, accessed 17.09.10
  5. Staff writers, "Westminster Declaration attacked by Christian political groups", Ekklesia, 29.04.10, accessed 17.09.10
  6. Hope Community Church, "Newfrontiers Vision and Values", accessed 17.09.10
  7. Staff writers, "Philippa Stroud's husband signs controversial Christian election declaration", Ekklesia, 05.05.10, accessed 17.09.10