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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St. John’s needs you more than ever this year.

We are now receiving pledges to support St. John’s work of healing grace in 2021. Our finances are under strain from the pandemic, even as we know many of our parishioners have experienced their own hardships. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to make an early and even increased pledge to our church for 2021, we would be grateful. Any pledge, large or small, is important and provides necessary information as our vestry makes decisions for next year.

What is a pledge?

A pledge is a declaration of your financial commitment for the ministries of St. John’s in 2021. While donations of all kinds help, a pledge gives us the ability to budget for the upcoming year.


How do I make a pledge?

You can fill out a pledge form now by clicking on the button below.

Or you can download, print, and mail the pledge form by clicking on the button below.

What are the sources of income at St. John’s?

Pledges account for 43 percent of the current year’s operating budget. Our endowment, made possible by the generosity of members over many years, accounts for 41 percent. Plate offerings make up 8 percent with the remaining 8 percent from miscellaneous income. Because of the pandemic, both of those latter categories will be lower this year than planned and will certainly need to be reduced for 2021, depending on when we will be able to regather fully.


What does my pledge support?

Worship and music, including clergy salaries, account for 39 percent of the current year’s budget. Outreach is 11 percent. Program activities make up 13 percent and administration, 17 percent. Physical plant expenses, including maintenance of our historic buildings, is 20 percent.


May I pledge with stock or securities?

Absolutely. For more information, please contact Preston Cherouny, St. John’s Financial Assistant, here or at 202-347-8766, ext 316.


Is a pledge binding?

Your pledge is a commitment on which St. John’s relies. We understand, however, that circumstances change, for better and for worse, without notice. We ask that if you need to adjust the amount you initially pledge, whether to decrease or to increase, that you contact Preston Cherouny here or at 202-347-8766, ext 316.