George Callander was born and grew up in Aberdeen on Scotland’s North-East coast. His parents, sister and grown-up niece and nephew still live there; and he still enjoys occasional visits to his home city although it has changed considerably since he was a boy in the 1970s. 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.
Rev. George Callander has been a minister of the Open Free Church since 1994 having began his ministry in 1991 when was ordained as a priest. He has ministered in several locations around the UK, and in 2013 George was elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the Open Free Church.
Having always worked as a ‘self-supporting’ minister, nursing was George’s ‘secular’ career. As a Registered Nurse he worked in 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 plays an important part in George’s life. He is very proud to have been a cathedral chorister as a boy. As an adult George has continued singing in a number of cathedral, collegiate and church choirs. He has also been a keen organist since he was a schoolboy – although nowadays, mainly due to lack of practice, he plays strictly for his own ears!
George has always loved the theatre and first trod the boards as a sunflower in a Sunday School performance way back in the middle ages. He made his professional stage debut as an ‘Ugly Sister’ in ‘Cinderella’, acquired his Equity Card and has performed from time to time ever since. As his stage persona George may well have appeared at a theatre or venue near you…!
In his spare time, George is also a writer and over the years has either written for or 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 also a devoted cat owner, loves ‘The Archers’ and Radio 4. However, George hates parking – especially when he is in a hurry!