Rev. George Callander is senior OFC Community Minister serving the people of the North East.
In addition to regular chapel & community ministry, George works with families and individuals to create memorable ceremonies to mark important life events, and he is happy to include as much or as little religious content as people want – from a full, but gently religious service, to a Celebration of Life with the Lord’s Prayer being perhaps the only religious element.
Whatever choice people make, George always makes sure the ceremony is truly personal, memorable (for all the right reasons of course!) and uplifting.
George has been a minister of the Open Free Church since 1994, having been ordained to the priesthood in 1991. His ministry has involved him in creating and conducting many baptisms, weddings, blessings and funerals throughout the country. He is also a highly experienced worship leader and preacher. In 2013 he was elected to serve as President of the Open Free Church.
George Callander was born and grew up in Aberdeen on Scotland’s North-East coast. His parents still live there and have now retired as ballroom and sequence dance teachers. He still enjoys visiting his home city although it has changed considerably since he was a boy in the 1970s.
Nursing was George’s ‘secular’ career. As a Registered Nurse he has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including Accident & Emergency, Neurosciences and Paediatrics. After a number of years of working both as a nurse and a minister, he decided to leave nursing to take up full-time ministry in 2002.
Music has played an important part in George’s life. He is proud to have been a cathedral chorister as a boy. As an adult, George has carried on with his singing in a number of cathedral, collegiate and church choirs. He has also been a keen organist since he was a schoolboy.
Since 2010 George has lived in a small village just outside Durham. The North-East of England has always inspired him and he is very glad to have settled there. In his spare time, George is a prolific writer and has contributed to a number of nursing, historical and professional journals.
George is a Freeman of the City of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is an active Freemason including a proud member and officer of the Order of the Secret Monitor and the Order of the Scarlet Cord. George is also a devoted cat owner and animal lover.
In his ‘spare time’ George is a professional entertainer and public speaker.