Rector and DeanA 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
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OrganistBernard 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.