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, & Vestry

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

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.
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2021 Annual Meeting and Vestry Election

We invite you to join us at our Annual Meeting and Election of Vestry this Sunday, February 7, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please click the button below to register to attend. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.

Some important things to know for this year’s “virtual” meeting:

  • Voting will be conducted electronically at the beginning of the meeting. Please make sure you are in the meeting by 11:00 a.m. to have your votes counted.
  • If more than one person in your household will be voting, each person must register with a unique email address. If possible, please log into the meeting from multiple devices, one device for each registered email address. If you are unable to do this, time will be allowed during voting for you to log out and log back in using the link(s) for each additional email address.
  • Following our bylaws, it is important that only eligible voters vote. We will not be policing this, but simply ask that you act in good faith, only voting if you are in fact eligible. (The bylaws state that eligible voters are members of the church 16 years of age or older, who have been with the church at least three months, who are baptized and who have their information on file with us, and who “support” the church either by pledge or participation.)
Absentee ballots are available for those who cannot attend.
Absentee votes must be received by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 7.
Absentee ballots will be emailed to you or someone you designate. To vote, simply return the email with your choices. Votes will also be accepted by phone.
Please note that due to significant delays in mail delivery, we will not be using USPS for voting this year. To request an absentee ballot or for assistance with voting, please contact Kim Carlson via email or by phone at (202) 347-8766, ext 306.
Please read below to learn more about the candidates.

2021 Vestry Candidates

Paul Barkett, Senior Warden

Paul Barkett

Senior Warden

A member of St. John’s Church since 1984, Paul has served as junior warden since 2018 and previously served on the Vestry from 2005 to 2007 and as warden from 2007 to 2012. Over the years, Paul has served as a crucifer, lay reader, chalice bearer, Lay Eucharistic Minister and as a member of the Church Growth Committee, the Flower Committee and the Music Advisory Committee. Paul is a past chair of the Flower Committee, and most recently a co-chair of the Bicentennial Planning Committee. Paul currently serves on the Human Resources Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Paul earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The George Washington University and is employed as the Director of Administration at Christ Church, Georgetown Parish.

Clark Ervin (2)

Clark Ervin

Junior Warden

Clark has been a member of St. John’s since 2001. Over the years, he has served on the Vestry, as a lay reader, a member of the Capital Campaign team, a member of the Stewardship committee, a member of the Rector Search Committee, and as the coordinator of the speaker series. He earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, and a Master’s degree from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is married to Carolyn Harris, and they have a 15 year-old daughter, Callie.

The former Inspector General of the State Department and the Homeland Security Department, Clark is a partner in the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, specializing in government investigations and national security-related lobbying.

Scott Raab

K. Scott Raab

Vestry (Unopposed)

K. Scott Raab is a lifelong Episcopalian, who has been a regular attendee and member of St. John’s since 2001.  Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Scott moved to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University.   He married Katherine Raab at St. John’s in 2013, and his two daughters were baptized in the church as well.  He is a frequent reader at the 7:45 a.m. service and a regular parishioner at the 9:00 a.m. service.  He was appointed to fill an unexpired term in February of 2020. 

Scott has worked in various roles on Capitol Hill, including in leadership roles for more than twenty-one years for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. 

Voting for 3

Krista Bradley (1)

Krista Rimple Bradley

Krista Rimple Bradley and her husband Larry Bradley joined St. John’s in 2009. She has sung in the Parish Choir, participated as a J2A facilitator, and co-hosted Parish lunches. She currently helps co-lead the Sacred Grounds program and serves as a small group facilitator.

Raised as a Presbyterian, Krista’s path to St. John’s and The Episcopal Church started when she was invited to an Episcopal church service by a friend and was moved by the sermon, music, and liturgy. Only afterwards did she realize that she had been walking past “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” sign for St. Thomas’ Parish, a block from her Dupont Circle apartment, for nearly six months. When she finally visited that church, she was greeted by The Reverend Jim Holmes, its newly installed rector and the former assistant rector at St. John’s. At. St. Thomas’, she sang in the choir, served on the hospitality committee, was confirmed and received, married her husband, met close friends who eventually invited her to St. John’s, and served as a member of the Vestry and the Rector Search and Transition committees.

Krista has worked in arts and culture and philanthropy for most of her career, having held senior positions for opera companies, performing arts centers, and regional foundations. She is the Director of Programs and Resources for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, the national service organization for the live performing arts. Krista sings with the Thomas Circle Singers and serves as Co-President of her college alumni class. She received her B.A. degree in Literature from Brown University. She is honored to be nominated to the Vestry, and regardless of the outcome, she looks forward to continuing to support the ministry of hospitality, music, and the Sacred Grounds program.

Wendy Fibison (1)

Wendy Fibison

Wendy and her late husband Samuel J. Watson joined St. John’s Church more than 30 years ago, and she has been an active member ever since. Their son, Peter Watson, was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s. During her years at the church, Wendy has served in a variety of capacities including chalice bearer, crucifer, and Sunday school teacher. She has participated in the parish lunch program and the couples’ dinners and has been a member of the Parish Choir since its initiation. Wendy served on St. John’s Vestry more than two decades ago and later the Nominating Committee. At the Diocese level, she has served on the Committee on Medical Ethics, the Committee on Genetic Testing, and the Anglican Working Group in Bioethics. Most recently, she was a member of the Rector Search Committee. She currently is a member of the Bible Study and is on the Pastoral Care Committee and the Regathering Task Force. She is honored and excited to be a 2021 candidate for the Vestry.

Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, Wendy has been involved in different aspects of biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, including basic and translational research. For the past nearly two decades, she was an Associate Director in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.

David Gallalee

David Gallalee

David Gallalee is a lifelong Episcopalian who has been a member of St. John’s since 1993. After growing up in Richmond, Virginia, David went to the Virginia Military Institute and then spent 4 years as a U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer before going back to school at the University of Virginia for an M.A. in Art History. After spending over a decade in banking at Riggs Bank, David spent 10 consecutive years in Iraq and Afghanistan where he worked for the U.S. Treasury, the United Nations, the Department of State, and for NATO before returning to Washington in 2015. David lives in nearby Adams Morgan and he currently works at the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

During his service overseas, David always looked on St. John’s as his spiritual home and he tremendously appreciated the prayers of the congregation for his safe return. The “welcome home” he received at St. John’s in 2015 was one of the proudest moments of his life. Over the years, David has been a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Properties Committee, and an enthusiastic Sandwich Sunday participant. He is currently a lay reader, an usher, and a member of the Stewardship Committee. David also serves on the host committee of the Bishop Walker School Annual Dinner and he will represent St. John’s at this year’s Diocesan Convention.

Julia Koster

Julia Koster

St. Johns is a wonderful, welcoming community with deep traditions. My husband Richard Doege and I have been members of St. Johns since 2012. It has been enriching to participate in the Sacred Ground program, Sunday bible study, flower guild, Grace’s Table, the Sisters community, and serve as a reader.

During the week, I am the Commission Secretary and Director of Public Engagement at the National Capital Planning Commission. My master’s degree is in urban planning from Harvard University, my undergraduate degree is in economics, and I’ve worked as a city planner on the east and west coasts. I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest and bring my love of the outdoors and strong coffee to our home in the nation’s capital. The last year has seen us connect with each other in new ways, and we are re-imagining our place in the broader community, both spiritually and physically. I hope to bring my experience, skills, and stewardship commitment to serve St. Johns.

Katherine McClintic

Katherine McClintic

Katherine is a lifelong Episcopalian and native Washingtonian who has been a member of St. John’s from an early age. She has been actively involved in the music program at St. John’s for over 20 years, starting as a member of the Youth Choir in the early 2000s, and continuing as a member of the Parish Choir after graduating college. She has hosted Parish Lunches, served on the Communications Committee, been a reader, and currently assists every Sunday in running the livestreamed services.

Katherine earned her bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Vermont, and her master’s degree in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from the George Washington University. She combines her career as a software engineer with her educational background in her volunteer role as a director of the DC network of the global non-profit Women Who Code.

Alfred Thesmar

Alfred Thesmar

Alfred is a lifelong Episcopalian who joined St. John’s in 2002 after moving to the area with his wife, Hilary. Their two children, Elizabeth and Cooper, were both baptized at St. John’s and are active in the youth program. Since 2005, Alfred has served as an usher and became an Assistant Head Usher in 2017. He also served several years as a self-described “Sergeant-at-arms / Helper” for the Godly Play program. In the greater community, he volunteered the last seven years with the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League and for the past two years he has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with a Scouts BSA troop in McLean, Virginia.

Alfred earned his bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master’s degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. His career has been focused in the chemicals industry and he is currently a Strategic Account Manager and Government Contracts Manager for Praxair.


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