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.


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.


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.

Remembering the Past and Dreaming about the Future: Thoughts on an Anniversary

I’ve never been one to draw much attention to myself on birthdays or other special occasions in my own life. It wasn’t until I met my wife, Catherine, that I started to recognize the importance of birthdays and anniversaries. She has shown me that these days give us an opportunity to celebrate what has happened in the past, but also to think about what things might look like in the future. 

It’s an exciting time to be at St. John’s Church as we draw closer to our bicentennial.  Two-hundred years ago a group of people gathered together to think and pray about a church that would serve as a place of worship for the growing residential community in DC and also as a spiritual home for the President of the United States. 

When I go into our church I read the names of parishioners past and present who have spent time and given to this place. I like to think that the pews, the kneelers, the windows, the very walls of our church are soaked in the prayers of all the faithful who have gone before us. And what a wonderful thing to think that in the years to come others will gather in this place where we have gathered to sing our praises, to hear the Word of God come alive, to celebrate and mourn and journey through life. 

None of us knows what St. John’s Church will look like in twenty years, in fifty years, or in two-hundred years. But as we begin our celebrations, and as we remember and give thanks for our past, let us also dream and hope and ensure that future generations will have the great opportunity to worship the Living God in this holy place. I give thanks to God that I have the privilege of serving at St. John’s Church.

-The Rev. Andy Olivo