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Tad R. Callister

Sunday School General President
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A scholar, tax law professional, husband, father, and general authority, Tad R. Callister has a family legacy of Church leadership. He augments this legacy with his own distinguished service.

Tad Richards Callister was born December 17, 1945, in Glendale, California. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States, based in Washington, D.C. When he returned, he attended Brigham Young University, where he met Kathryn Louise Saporiti. They were married in December of 1968 and now have six children together and many grandchildren.

Tad R. Callister earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from BYU, then went on to earn a juris doctorate from the University of California–Los Angeles and a master’s degree specializing in tax law from New York University Law School. He spent most of his career practicing tax law in California.

However, numbers and clauses have not been the central focus of Tad Callister’s life. In addition to his devotion to his family, he has also been involved in his community and especially in service to the Lord. He was the president of the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and he also served as a bishop and a stake president. He later served as a regional representative and an area seventy for the North America Northwest Area.

While serving as a mission president in the Canada Toronto East Mission in 2008, Tad R. Callister was called to be a general authority. Elder Callister served as a counsellor, then the president of the Pacific Area, based in Auckland, New Zealand. From 2011 he served in the Presidency of the Seventy until 2014, when he was called as the General Sunday School president.

Brother Callister blesses Church members worldwide with his well-studied insights into doctrinal principles and his stalwart testimony of God, Jesus Christ, and the restored gospel. He has authored the books The Blueprint of Christ’s Church, The Infinite Atonement, and The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration, as well as delivering countless addresses. Many look to his remarks because of his well-developed talent of teaching complex principles clearly and powerfully.

A scholar, tax law professional, husband, father, and general authority, Tad R. Callister has a family legacy of Church leadership. He augments this legacy with his own distinguished service.

Tad Richards Callister was born December 17, 1945, in Glendale, California. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States, based in Washington, D.C. When he returned, he attended Brigham Young University, where he met Kathryn Louise Saporiti. They were married in December of 1968 and now have six children together and many grandchildren.

Tad R. Callister earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from BYU, then went on to earn a juris doctorate from the University of California–Los Angeles and a master’s degree specializing in tax law from New York University Law School. He spent most of his career practicing tax law in California.

However, numbers and clauses have not been the central focus of Tad Callister’s life. In addition to his devotion to his family, he has also been involved in his community and especially in service to the Lord. He was the president of the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and he also served as a bishop and a stake president. He later served as a regional representative and an area seventy for the North America Northwest Area.

While serving as a mission president in the Canada Toronto East Mission in 2008, Tad R. Callister was called to be a general authority. Elder Callister served as a counsellor, then the president of the Pacific Area, based in Auckland, New Zealand. From 2011 he served in the Presidency of the Seventy until 2014, when he was called as the General Sunday School president.

Brother Callister blesses Church members worldwide with his well-studied insights into doctrinal principles and his stalwart testimony of God, Jesus Christ, and the restored gospel. He has authored the books The Blueprint of Christ’s Church, The Infinite Atonement, and The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration, as well as delivering countless addresses. Many look to his remarks because of his well-developed talent of teaching complex principles clearly and powerfully.