WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.

History

From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.

Mission

At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy & Staff

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.
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2017 Graduating Seniors

Conor Daugherty          

Conor Daugherty

Conor was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s. He attended Church School and participated in the Christmas pageant and other church-sponsored activities, including the lock-in at the Cathedral. 

Conor will graduate from West Potomac High School in June and attend James Madison University in the fall. 

Annie Gardner

Annie Gardner

Since Annie’s parents were set up by Luis when they were attending the Latrobe Fellowship, it made sense she was baptized and confirmed here. Of course Annie was in many Christmas pageants – she started as a wild beast and clawed her way up to Elizabeth, Mary, and ultimately, a narrator. Last year Annie helped behind the scenes with costumes and stage direction. Annie has worked with the Christmas Angels ministry, volunteering for the Outreach Committee with Communities in Schools, and helping with Rebuilding Together.

Annie is a sophomore at McLean High School. She is skipping the last two years of high school and attending Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a small liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts.

Ellie Garland

Ellie Garland

Ellie will graduate from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (SSSAS) on June 10, 2017. She will attend New York University in the fall and will be enrolled in their Gallatin School of Individualized Study.  

At SSSAS, Ellie played soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse and served as captain of the indoor and outdoor track teams. She also played travel ice hockey for eight seasons. Ellie is an assistant coach for the Riverside Gardens Tsunami swim team and has been on the swim and tennis teams there for 14 years. She also works as a lifeguard at the Riverside Gardens Swim and Tennis Club.

At St. John’s, Ellie has been an acolyte, a clergy cross bearer, a narrator for the Christmas pageant (and many other “pageant roles!”), and a reader.  She has often helped her mom, Carrie, teach Sunday School over the years. Ellie visited Kwasa for a week in 2011 and has remained close with Sharron Dinnie and various students who have attended Kwasa.  

Marian Hampe

William Huettner

Will Huettner

Will has been a member of St. John’s Church since birth, from baptism through confirmation. He has been a regular participant in the Christmas pageant with roles from a friendly beast to Joseph. He has also served as acolyte, clergy cross, crucifer, and most recently, chalice bearer – the youngest in church history! Will also was a part of many successful church school bake sales and Sandwich Sundays.

Will is graduating from Chantilly High School in June, where he plays tenor and baritone saxophone as part of the Mighty Marching Chargers marching band and the Symphonic Winds band. He also plays in the jazz combo and the Chantilly Jazz. He will be studying civil engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Go Vols!), in the fall and hopes to be part of the Pride of the Southland marching band.

Evan Lyerly

Evan Wyatt Lyerly was born in November 1998 and was baptized at St. John’s the following July. Evan, his parents Chip and RJ Lyerly, and his four siblings Carly, Haley, Quinn and Jett are active participants in the St. John’s community.

Evan is currently a senior at Episcopal High School (EHS) in Alexandria where he was serves in leadership positions as both a Monitor and Member of the Honor Committee. Evan was also elected as the EHS 2017 Valedictorian; is a member of the Cum Laude Society, and a three sport varsity athlete (football, basketball and track).  Evan will graduate in June and is committed to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Evan transitioned through most phases of young life at St. John’s; beginning with in the nursery, and moving on to church school, the annual Christmas pageant, serving as an acolyte and preparing parish lunches with his family. Given Episcopal High School’s full time boarding requirement, Evan is not at St. John’s as often as in past years. However, he proudly states his full appreciation and awareness of the foundation that St. John’s created for his family, and the solid structure it has given his life and faith.

Katherine Montgomery

Katherine Montgomery

Katherine has been a member of St. John’s since she was three years old, having moved from Dallas, TX. She actively attended church school and has really enjoyed St. John’s outings, like the ski trip, haunted tours, National Cathedral lock-ins, and helping the elderly on home improvement projects. One of her proudest moments was playing Mary in the Christmas pageant.

Katherine is graduating from Linganore High School in New Market, MD, and will attend St. Mary’s College this fall. She is very passionate about the environment, especially the Chesapeake Bay. Since middle school she has been active with the Bay’s oyster gardening project and is planning to continue this through a degree in maritime environmental engineering. She currently is in the internship program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and loves to sail and hopes to be part of the sailing team at St. Mary’s next year.

Natachi Onwuamaegbu

Natachi Onwuamaegbu

Natachi is a senior graduating from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda MD. She has been a member of St. Johns Church since she was two years old. She has been a veteran performer of past Christmas pageants, taking on the role of fairy numerous times, to the guiding Star, Mary and narrator. Over the last several years, she has been a regular bearer of the clergy cross and performed acolyte duties before that. She is often called to read lessons during the 11 am service, which she hopes to continue when she is home from college.

Natachi has many extracurricular interests including athletics and she has been the captain of the Track team at her school for the past two years. She founded a charity in her sophomore year aimed at helping the families of sick children staying at the Children’s Inn at NIH and is on the editorial staff at her high school newspaper. Natachi hopes to pursue a career in journalism and has been accepted into Stanford University’s Class of 2021.


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