Rector and Dean
A native of the District of Columbia, Fr. Nalls holds a Master’s of Theology as well as the Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology (STB), both with honors, from The Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He recently was awarded the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL), with high honors, also from Dominican House. In addition, Canon Nalls holds bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, earning them in 1979 and 1982 respectively. Canon Nalls was ordained a priest in June 2002.
Prior to arriving in Richmond in January 2010, he served traditional Anglo-catholic parishes in Newport News, Washington, D.C., Glen Allen, and Centreville, Virginia. As well, for nearly ten years Canon Nalls has been a chaplain in the Military Department of Maryland and the Military Department of Virginia. Currently, he is a Colonel in the Maryland Defense Force and serves a Maryland Army Guard unit.
A canon lawyer, Canon Nalls is the Executive Director of the Canon Law Institute in Washington. He is a frequent lecturer on matters pertaining to religious law and history, church property and ecclesiastic discipline. The author of a number of articles and papers, in 2009 Canon Nalls completed his first short book, Prayer: A Field Guide.
Before his ordination as a priest, Canon Nalls was Assistant General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission and a technical adviser to the U.S. Trade Representative, before returning to private law practice in 1993. In addition to his work as an attorney, following commissioning as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve, he was an intelligence officer for 20 years with tours of duty at the Pentagon, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, and the Naval Explosive Ordnance Technical Center.
He is married to Elizabeth Ferre Carroll (Nalls) and their daughter, Laura is a Junior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, majoring in archaeology.
For pastoral emergencies, please contact our rector, Rev. Canon Charles H. Nalls on his cell phone:
Phone – (202) 262-5519
Always feel free to contact him by email:
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Bernard Riley is a long-time member of our staff. He studied at the Conservatory of the University of South Africa, Pretoria, and the Royal School of Church Music in London. Mr. Riley is in charge of the extensive music program at St. Alban’s. In addition to playing the organ at our services, he leads the adult choir, the men and boys’ choir, and the children’s choir. A licensed lay reader, Mr. Riley also frequently leads our daily sung Morning Prayer (Mattins) and our Sunday Evensong. In addition to Mr. Riley’s service and concerts at St. Alban’s, he often performs organ recitals throughout the United States.
Saint Alban’s welcomes Father Mark Grant and his family, wife Michelle, and daughters Caitlin and Megan to worship services and our church family.
Father Grant was certified as an Anglican Catholic minister in an ordination to the deaconate and then priesthood at St. Alban’s in December 2015 by Bishop Lerow. He will also continue perform his duties as a hospice clergyman.
Fr. Grant was born 1964 in Elkton, Maryland. and grew up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, in Chincoteague. He achieved Eagle Scout status in 1982. That year he joined the U. S. Army and served until 1994. He also attended the University of Delaware and graduated in 1986.
That year, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army. At that point he became qualified in the Infantry & Armor branch And as an Army Airborne Ranger. He left the Army in 1994 as a Captain.
In 1996 he married Michele (nee Garwood) Grant.
He entered Seminary in 1997 and finished his studies in 2001 at Nashotah House (M.Div.). His academic specialization while there was Sacred Heart Systematic Theology/Moral Theology 2001‐2003 (M.A.). He was ordained a Deacon in 1999 and ordained Priest in 2000.
He has served parishes in Wisconsin, Florida, and Virginia. Father Mark has served as a Military Chaplain (Reserve) from 2000‐2014, as well as a Firearms and Self‐Defense instructor. He likes to shoot for fun. He is currently pursuing another master’s and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
While in Florida, Father Mark and Michelle were blessed with the birth of Caitlin Gloria born in July 2003. In 2004 he began work as Hospice Chaplain. The family returned to Virginia and, in June of 2007, they welcomed the birth of a second daughter, Megan Elizabeth. Caitlin was immediately recruited for the St. Alban’s Children’s Choir.