Tad R. Callister

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Tad R. Callister
Presidency of the Seventy
August 1, 2011 (2011-08-01) – April 5, 2014 (2014-04-05)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
End reason Released as general authority; called as general president of the Sunday School
Second Quorum of the Seventy
April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05) – April 5, 2014 (2014-04-05)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
End reason Released as general authority; called as general president of the Sunday School
Personal details
Born Tad Richards Callister
(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 69)
Glendale, California, United States
Spouse Kathryn Saporiti
Children 6

Tad Richards Callister (born December 17, 1945) has been the general president of the Sunday School of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2014. He is the twenty-first man to serve in this position. He was an LDS Church general authority from 2008 to 2014. He was a member of the church's Presidency of the Seventy from August 2011 to April 2014.

Biography[edit]

Callister was born in Glendale, California to Norine Richards and Reed Callister, who had joined the LDS Church while stationed with the US military in Hawaii. His mother, Norine, was a daughter of LeGrand Richards, who was the Presiding Bishop of the LDS Church when Callister was born and would later serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.[1]

During the mid-1960s, Callister served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission, based in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, a juris doctorate degree from UCLA, and a master of laws degree from New York University. Callister spent his career as a lawyer in southern California.

He has previously served in the LDS Church as a bishop, stake president, regional representative, and area seventy. From 2005 to 2008 he served as president of the church's Canada Toronto East Mission. While still serving in Canada, he was called as a general authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 2008. He later served first as a counselor and then as president of the Pacific Area, residing in Auckland and overseeing the operations of the LDS Church in New Zealand, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific. In 2011 he was appointed as a member of the seven-man Presidency of the Seventy of the church, replacing Claudio R. M. Costa.[2]

At the church's April 2014 General Conference, Callister was released as a general authority and from the Presidency of the Seventy; the resulting vacancy was filled by Lynn G. Robbins. Callister was simultaneously accepted by the membership as the general president of the church's Sunday School, succeeding Russell T. Osguthorpe. Callister selected John S. Tanner and Devin G. Durrant as his counselors.[3]

Callister and his wife, Kathryn Saporiti, were married in 1968 and are the parents of six children.

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Works[edit]

  • Callister, Tad R. (2000), The Infinite Atonement, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, ISBN 1573456233 [4]
  • Callister, Tad R. (2006), The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, ISBN 1590385497 [5]

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