<< New text box >>Rev. Canon Charles H. Nalls
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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
Prior to arriving in Amherst in January 2019, he served traditional Anglo-catholic parishes in Richmon, 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 they have daughter, Laura.