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.

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor to Visit St. John’s

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, author, professor, and Episcopal priest will continue St. John’s 200th Anniversary Guest Preacher series on October 11. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her most recent book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured in TIME magazine.

Additionally, she will serve as a guest speaker at St. John’s Adult Forum at 10:00 a.m. in which she will discuss the topic, A Spirituality for the Night Times. The Forum, St. John’s adult education program, takes place from September through May, at 10 am most Sundays. The session features scholars, poets, and leaders in our world, and in the world of faith.

You can hear the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor speak at St. John’s 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Sermon service, 10:00 a.m. Adult Forum, or the 11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Sermon service. No tickets or reservations are required. All are welcome.