George grew up in near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the East coast of Canada. He studied philosophy and anthropology at McGill University, Montreal, and International Development Studies at St Mary's University in Halifax. After discerning a call to ordained ministry he attended Wycliffe College, part of the University of Toronto School of Theology. At the conclusion of his studies for a Master of Divinity Degree George was ordained in the Diocese of Ely to serve in the parishes of Cherry Hinton and Teversham on the edge of Cambridge. He was later Team Vicar in the Ramseys and Upwood before moving to Oxford to be Chaplain at Lincoln College and Assistant Minister at St Michael at the North Gate. At the same time, he also began a part-time PhD program at the University of Durham under the supervision of Professor Andrew Louth. His thesis focussed on E. B. Pusey's 'Lectures on Types and Prophecies of the Old Testament' and the theological significance of the typological and allegorical interpretation of the Bible for Pusey and other members of the Oxford Movement. At the beginning of 2007, George became the Rector of St George's Round Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the parish where he and his wife Karen had previously met and married, and where he had served as lay-evangelist while he was a student. Karen and George have two daughters, Clara, age 13, and Charlotte, age 6. They are all very much looking forward to moving back to Oxford and to George undertaking the role of Principal at Pusey House.
The Revd Canon Dr Robin Ward,