Church of the Epiphany
104 Epiphany Court
Amherst, VA 24521
Rev. Canon Charles H. Nalls
Services are Sunday at 11:00 am
Bible study Sunday at 12:45 pm and Wednesday at 10:30 am.
The Rector of Epiphany The Reverend Canon Charles Nalls
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. In 2011, he was awarded the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL), a post-graduate theological teaching degree, 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 deacon in June 2001 and priest in June 2002.
Prior to arriving in Amherst in January 2019, he served traditional Anglo-Catholic parishes. Most recently, he was Rector and Cathedral Dean of St. Alban’s Pro-Cathedral in Richmond, Virginia, where he served for nine years. He also has served traditional Anglican parishes in Newport News, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Glen Allen, Virginia, and Centreville, Virginia. As well, Canon Nalls has been a battalion, regimental and Division chaplain in the Military Department of Maryland and the Military Department of Virginia. He recently retired from state military service at the rank of Colonel.
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. In his role as an ecclesiastical lawyer, Fr. Nalls has been chancellor or canon to several diocesan bishops and two archbishops. 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 to the priesthood, Canon Nalls was Assistant General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission and a technical adviser to the U.S. Trade Representative in complex international trade negotiations, before returning to private law practice in 1993 where he concentrated on commercial and international matters, intellectual property litigation, and church issues. 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 married Elizabeth F. Carroll in 1985, and together they have a daughter Laura Bayly Nalls, currently an M.A.T. candidate at Liberty University. Elizabeth recently retired from the U.S. Department of State. They make their home in Amherst, Virginia.