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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Congratulations to St. John’s New Vestry Members

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.

Jeff Hantson, Junior Warden

Jeff Hantson

Junior Warden

Jeff Hantson and his wife Katie have attended St. John’s since 2012. Jeff was born and raised in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, and moved to Washington, DC, to attend law school in 2007.  He and Katie came to St. John’s shortly after purchasing their first home in search of a church to call their own. They were quickly drawn in by the thought-provoking sermons and St. John’s commitment to the local community.  In the ensuing years, Jeff’s involvement with the church has grown.  He has been a member of the Vestry since 2018, is an usher at the 9:00 a.m. service, serves on the Outreach Committee, and—together with Katie—organizes the annual Angel Tree Gift Drive. His daughter Charlotte was baptized at St. John’s in 2018.

Jeff is a Counsel in the office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, where he supports her work on the Judiciary Committee. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Laurie Adams

Laurie Adams

Laurie and her husband Matt Bode joined St. John’s more than 30 years ago and have been active members ever since. Each of their three children – Bill, Nicholas, and Stephanie – were baptized and confirmed at St. John’s. During her years at the church, Laurie has served in a variety of capacities. She is a frequent chalice bearer and reader. Laurie is serving or has served on the Care of Creation, Refugee, Education, Outreach and Seminarian’s Committees, the last of which she chaired. She has also taught Sunday school and participated in the parish lunch program and the sandwich-making ministry. Laurie served on the Vestry more than two decades ago, and is honored and excited to be considered for the Vestry for our new Rector.

Laurie is a career federal employee and currently manages the federal ethics program at the Office of Management and Budget. A number of years ago, Laurie served as the General Counsel for the Fair Housing Council of Washington, D.C., a civil rights organization. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Anthony Pegues

Anthony Pegues

Anthony is from Cheraw, SC and currently resides in Fort Washington, MD. He has been in the Metropolitan DC area since October 2012 and attending St. John’s since November 2012. After joining St. John’s in May 2013, he became a Reader, an Usher, (now serving as an Assistant Head Usher), served on the Latrobe Steering Committee, served as Liaison to Bishop Walker School for Boys, and assisted with Angel Tree, Grace’s Table and Habitat for Humanity. Anthony is a member of the DC Winthrop Alumni Association and the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, where he serves as Secretary.

Anthony holds a BA, Winthrop University, an MBA, Strayer University and completed PhD studies at Capella University. He is a Senior Program Manager with Cerner Government Services, in Arlington, VA. In October 2018, former Assistant Rector Andy Olivo officiated the wedding ceremony of Anthony and his husband, Jason Munro.

Carl Ward

Carl Ward

St. John’s has been our family’s home for more than 40 years. I was baptized here, grew up in the church school, and sang in the youth choir. I’ve been a church school teacher, youth group leader, parish choir member, reader, and crucifer. I am always excited to answer a new call from the church.

For the past few years, I’ve been on the steering committee of the young adults’ group, the Latrobe Fellowship. If called to serve on the Vestry, I would continue my outreach with the vibrant young adult community of Washington.


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