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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The Holy Habits podcast is a new Christian formation program that has had two seasons–Advent 2020 and Lent 2021. In these 30-45 minute conversations, our Associate Rector, the Rev. Savannah Ponder, interviews lay people, deacons, priests, bishops, and seminary professors to talk about various spiritual disciplines. This is an exploration into the shape of a life well-lived, that is, a life oriented to receiving the gift of belonging to God.

How might a regular practice of silence open us up to a deep trust in the midst of our human joy and pain? What kind of people might we become in silence? Tune in this week for the last Lenten Holy Habits podcast and hear how the Rev. Yolanda Rolle has been invited to meet God afresh through the practice of silence.

The Rev. Yolanda Rolle, PhD. serves as the Episcopal/Anglican Chaplain to Howard University and as the Associate Priest for Spiritual Formation at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

How might we encounter the Living Christ through images? What does it mean to awaken the desire to be with God? Tune in this week to learn more and hear how the Rev. Dr. Sam Dessórdi Leite has grown in trust and communion with God and others through praying with icons.

The Rev. Dr. Sam Dessórdi Peres Leite is an Episcopal priest and icon writer who has served congregations in Oakland, California and Washington, DC.

How can we grow in the virtues of patience and humility through learning to engage the Bible prayerfully? What might one need to start a practice of regular study? Tune in this week to learn more and hear how Dr. Stephen Cook has been drawn into the vulnerability of God through the Holy Scriptures.

Dr. Stephen L. Cook is the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary.

How might we let go of the need to be endlessly productive? What do we learn of who God is in exercising our own creativity? Tune in for the third Lenten Holy Habits podcast to learn more and hear how the Rev. Emily Griffin has experienced walking with God anew through play.

The Rev. Emily Griffin serves as Associate Rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC and as a board member of the Godly Play Foundation.

What could enable us to reckon with the regrets in our lives without shame? How might tending to our shadow sides lead to embracing God’s mercy and compassion? Tune in for the second Lenten Holy Habits podcast to learn more and hear how the Rev. Martin L. Smith has experienced the grief that makes joyful in the sacrament of reconciliation.

The Rev. Martin L. Smith is an Episcopal priest, writer, and spiritual director, who has published several books on contemporary spirituality including Reconciliation: A Guide to Confession in the Episcopal Church.

How could reorienting our routines allow us to welcome more of God’s overflowing love? What role does the practice of fasting play, even in times of extraordinary loss? Tune in for the first Lenten Holy Habits podcast to learn more and hear how Chanta Bhan has experienced fasting as a way to receive God’s grace.

M. Chanta Bhan, a postulant for the priesthood in the Diocese of Massachusetts, serves as the Associate for Mission & Outreach at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas.


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