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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Jobs at St. John’s

Director of Communications

Job Title:

Director of Communications (part-time)

Job Overview:

St. John’s, Lafayette Square is a vibrant Episcopal church in Washington, DC, known for its music, preaching, fellowship and service. Organized in 1815 and situated across from the White House, every president has worshiped at St. John’s at least once beginning with James Madison. Our church has become even more prominent with the events of last summer when we stood at the heart of the demonstrations for racial justice and healing after the murder of George Floyd, including an infamous photo op that has become one of the iconic images of 2020.

St. John’s is seeking a Communications Director (part-time) to help us more effectively take advantage of the unique opportunities presented to us to share God’s message of love and grace locally and beyond. This new role will report to the Rector, and will build upon robust communications efforts already in effect, developing strategic approaches and a unified voice across many platforms. We seek for our communications to both connect the Church’s ministry to the wider world and also to better connect our members to one another, amplifying the opportunities to grow in faith together. We are looking for an experienced communications professional who is passionate about aligning media, messaging, and platforms in ways that will deepen and enhance St. John’s mission. This role will require an individual who is collaborative, a self-starter, and experienced at creating and delivering communications content, including written, visual, and video media production. This role in large part will be in-person at the church once conditions allow, so the applicant must live locally.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The successful candidate will: Bring a thoughtful and strategic approach to the branding and messaging for all parish communications—ensuring consistency in their appearance, content, and tone, and will explore opportunities to bring increased visibility to the parish and its activities.

  • Establish communications strategies and best practices, including, but not limited to, the creation of a single, unified visual brand that reinforces the parish’s key messages and ministry.
  • Oversee all communication channels and collateral including the website, social media presence, publications, newsletters, announcements, and more, working with staff who are already in place to execute this work.
  • Support with other related duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • The desire to establish and cultivate interpersonal and working relationships with staff, parishioners, and relevant external stakeholders.
  • Ability to take initiative, exercise discretion, demonstrate accountability, and display a sense of humor when working both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, writing, editing skills.
  • Knowledge of digital and print technology. Experience with social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms).
  • Working knowledge of the Episcopal Church and a heart for building Christian community in a church setting.
  • Occasional availability on Sundays and for special church events.
  • A degree in communications, public relations or relevant field with 6 years or more of relevant work experience.

This position is part-time with a competitive salary, based on 18 hours per week, and exempt.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@stjohns-dc.org with “Director of Communications Candidate” as the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Program Assistant

Job Title:

Program Assistant

Reports To:

The Program Assistant will report to the Director of Operations.

Job Overview:

This part-time, lay position will focus on organization and support for programmatic activities, lay leaders, and parish volunteers, and providing hospitality for all who encounter St. John’s Church during the week. As the first contact with guests, the person in this position represents St. John’s and conveys the warm hospitality of the church.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Answer phones and greet visitors and guests in a friendly, welcoming manner.
  • Manage inputs and updates to our membership database. Update vestry and staff lists.
  • Monitor security cameras, as requested.
  • Maintain event and zoom calendars, schedule supply clergy, and maintain church registers and parochial report summaries.
  • Maintain office and program supply inventory including hospitality supplies.
  • Arrange hotel reservations for visiting speakers and order food for special events.
  • Prepare welcome letters and other mailings to parishioners and newcomers. Prepare baptismal and confirmation certificates.
  • Other clerical duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree. This is preferred, but not required.
  • Prior experience in a parish setting.
  • A heart for hospitality.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point, Adobe, Realm and the ability to learn new technical skills.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and an ability to work with a diverse community of volunteers.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A working knowledge of the Episcopal Church is preferred.

This position is part-time, non-exempt. Sunday is a workday for this position.

About St. John’s Church:

We believe Christ is calling St. John’s, Lafayette Square to be a renewed church in a changing world. Empowered by the Spirit of God, we respond to Jesus’ call as we deepen our bond with Christ through worship, become a community where all are accepted, and work together as laity and clergy to do God’s work in the world.

St. John’s was organized 1815 to serve as a parish church for Episcopalians residing in the neighborhoods in the west end of the District of Columbia. Its cornerstone was laid on September 14, 1815, and it was consecrated on December 27, 1816. Beginning with James Madison, every person who has held the office of President of the United States has attended a service at the church. Several Presidents have been communicants. Thus, St. John’s is often referred to as the “Church of the Presidents.” Pew 54 is the President’s Pew. The architect of the church was Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who assisted in the rebuilding of the U.S. Capitol and the White House after the War of 1812. Twenty-five of the stained glass windows in St. John’s were designed and executed by artisans of the noted Lorin firm of Chartres, France.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@stjohns-dc.org with “Program Assistant Candidate” as the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.