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.

First Wednesday Concert

The next installment of the First Wednesday Concert series will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at 12:10 p.m. The Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools are a group of 36 high school age singers who aspire to the highest standards of choral singing. These young men and women are sophomores, juniors and seniors selected by audition from the 150-voice Upper School Chorale from the two schools for their exceptional musicianship, vocal prowess, and their passion for singing.

The “Mads” have performed at the White House, at the World Bank headquarters, for the National Tree Lighting, on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and on tour from coast to coast and internationally to England, Australia and South Africa, Argentina, and Chile.  On their program, titled Music of the Season, the “Mads” will be singing holiday favorites and lesser-known gems. The choirs will be directed by Charles Bowers, Director and Aaron Goen, Assistant Director.

Contact the Parish House office at (202) 347-8766 with questions.