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, & 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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Meet Pete Burgess, our new Seminarian

We are delighted to introduce Pete Burgess to St. John’s. Pete is an Anglican Studies student at Virginia Theological Seminary, having earned an MA in Theology at Sewanee. Here is Pete in his own words:

I am a lifelong Episcopalian and grew up in Nashville, TN at Christ Church Cathedral where I was active in choir, as an acolyte, and the youth group. I have been drawn to the church and fascinated by faith since childhood, and I have been discerning a call to ministry since then. I have been blessed to take part in several pilgrimages, both close to home and far away, and I take the way of pilgrimage as a guide for my life of faith.

After graduating from Centre College in Kentucky where I studied history and English, I earned an M.A. in Theology from the seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Having taught high school history for several years in Mobile, AL, I am now returning to seminary at VTS in Alexandria as a postulant in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast to prepare for full-time parish ministry upon ordination.

My wife Emma and I met in college ten years ago and have been married for five. A native of Virginia, she is a passionate and gifted high school English teacher, beloved and admired by her students. She is a fabulous baker and sings beautifully among her other gifts. We are so pleased and honored to participate in the life of St. John’s Church.


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