George Carey retired as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He has a busy and active Christian ministry to the present day. His primary interests are in education, development and a continuing engagement in public life through writing, lectures and debate in the House of Lords. Together with, his wife Eileen, he continues to serve churches and many charitable interests.
George Carey was born in 1935 in the East End of London, the son of a hospital porter. He left school at 15 and began working at the London Electricity Board as an office boy, and also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq during the fifties.
By the time he was twenty, he had decided he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. After graduating from London College of Divinity (ALCD) and King’s College London (BD. Hons) he served as a curate in Islington, London. During this time he went on to research the early origins of Christian ministry and earned both M.Th and Ph. Degrees. He then taught at two Colleges before becoming a parish priest at St.Nicholas’ Durham. In 1982 he became Principal of Trinity Theological College in Bristol and, in 1987, Bishop of Bath and Wells. In 1991 he was invited to take up the post of 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury to serve 80 million Anglicans around the world until his retirement in 2002.
In 2002 George Carey was made a life peer as ‘Lord Carey of Clifton’.
He was until recently Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and President of the London School of Theology. In 2010 he stepped down from the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and from being Co-Chair of the Council of 100, which seeks to bridge the gulf between the West and Islamic worlds.
He is also President of the United Church Schools Trust and United Learning, a Group of 46 schools, both State and Independent.
Lord Carey married Eileen Harmsworth Hood in 1960, and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren. Eileen was a nurse and still retains a great interest in medical matters. She was co-Chair of St.Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy Appeal and has also raised many thousands to aid the homeless on behalf of Church Army.