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George was ordained to the priesthood in 1992 and has been a minister of the Open Free Church since 1994. This has involved him conducting baptisms, weddings, blessings and funerals throughout the country. He is also an experienced worship leader and preacher. In 2013 he was elected Senior Minister of the Open Free Church.

George 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 a lot since he was a boy in the 1970s.

Nursing was George’s first career. He trained at hospitals in Worcester, Oxford and London and has worked in a variety of settings, including Accident & Emergency, Paediatrics and Neurosciences. 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 – both in London and Aberdeen. As an adult, George has carried on his singing in a number of cathedral, college 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 appealed to him and he is very glad to have settled there. In his spare time, George is a professional entertainer and member of Equity. He is a prolific writer and has over the years contributed to a number of nursing, historical and professional journals. George is in his fifties, is married, a devoted cat owner and has an unfulfilled ambition also to own a very small dog…



Rev. George Callander FRSA MIW(Acc)

Deerness Chapel House
58 Esh Wood View
Ushaw Moor
Tel: 07534 991482