The Rev. Dr. Charles Warner
B.A., M.T.S., D.Min.
Father Charles Warner, B.A., M.T.S, D. Min. is the Director of Snapdragon in Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia. He is an Orthodox Priest (Western-Rite) with over thirty years of experience in Ministry. Father Charles is also the Rector of Holy Cross Western Orthodox Church, a Mission of the Archdiocese of New York within the Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Father Charles, who was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, was raised as a Roman Catholic in the Whitney Pier area of the city. He attended Sydney Academy High School followed by two years of undergraduate study at the College of Cape Breton, before transferring to Acadia University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in Political Science. Prior to his post-graduate study, Father Charles earned a Diploma in Journalism, a Certificate in Small Business Development and two Certificates in Clinical Pastoral Education.
From 1992 until 1998, Father Charles was active in Roman Catholic Lay Ministry, followed by Anglican Lay Ministry between 1999 and 2006. After joining the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada in 2003 and establishing Parish of the Holy Cross, he was ordained to the Anglican Deaconate on April 8th, 2006, and the Anglican Priesthood on July 8th, 2007. On October 23rd, 2020, Father Charles was accepted into Holy Orthodoxy and three years later, on October 18th, 2023, his Holy Orders were regularized in order to fully minister as a Western-Rite Orthodox Catholic Priest.
Father Charles’ main Academic Interest is Ecclesiastical History. He earned his Master of Theological Studies Degree from St. Stephen’s Theological College/University of Alberta with concentrations in Ecclesiastical History and Pastoral Care in 2005. His Master’s thesis is entitled “The Oxford Movement: Anglo-Catholicism and the Birth of Anglican Catholic Identity.”
Father Charles earned his of Doctor of Ministry degree from Acadia Divinity College/Acadia University with concentrations in Ecclesiastical History and Spiritual Direction in 2010. His Doctoral thesis is entitled “Recognizing Anglican Catholic Identity: An Historical Review of the Anglican Catholic Movement, the Affirmation of St. Louis and the Traditional Anglican Communion.”
Along with attending to the Sacramental needs of the people of Cape Breton Island, Father Charles, who is a Spiritual Director, has Life Memberships in Forward in Faith North America (FIFNA) and the Society of King Charles the Martyr (SKCM). He also spends his time as the Director of his website Snapdragon, which is a Registered Charity with Canada Revenue Agency, as well as the official location of his Written Works.
Father Charles Warner has been happily married to his wife, Presbytera Cathy, for more than forty years and they have three adult children, Andrew, Michael and Lindsay.