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

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.

Rector Transition

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John’s Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.

Please visit this page for updates on the transition process.

An Update from the Rector Search Committee – May 14, 2018

A survey that we hope every parishioner will complete is now live and accessible by clicking here. The survey is also accessible in the Word, on the church website, and the link will be listed in the weekly bulletin. The survey will help to identify us as a parish – who we are and what we want in a new Rector, and it will be accessible until Monday, June 4. Please submit your completed survey by that deadline. It is critically important that every parishioner complete the survey so that we may have the benefit of everyone’s views. (For those parishioners who need paper copies, they should contact Evangeline Gravina in the Parish Office at (202) 347-8766. Paper copies should be returned to her at 1525 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, likewise by the June 4 deadline.)

In addition to the survey, there will be opportunities to provide further, in-person input at either of two focus group sessions, both of which will be held in the church nave. The first will take place immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 10 (nursery hours have been extended for parents of young children). The second session will be at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 24. We expect each session will last an hour.
Thank you in advance for your input during this very important part of the Rector search process. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guides us in the search for a new Rector.

An Update from the Rector Search Committee – April 25, 2018

The Rector Search Committee has been hard at work since our first meeting on March 18. We now meet on a weekly basis. Our immediate focus in on finalizing a survey to help identify us as a parish – who we are and what we want. We plan to disseminate the survey to the parish in mid-May. It will provide every parishioner an opportunity to give us written input on the search process. In addition to the survey, we plan to hold a series of focus groups, for the parish as a whole and for various parish ministries, to provide an opportunity for verbal, in-person input. Details on both opportunities will be provided in this space in the weeks to come. In the meantime, please pray that the Holy Spirit guides us all in the search for a new Rector.

The Rector Search Committee

Welcome Our New Interim Rector

Dear Parishioners:

I am delighted to advise you that at its April meeting, the Vestry voted unanimously to call the Rev. W. Bruce McPherson to be our Interim Rector and he has accepted that call. Bruce has been an ordained minister for more than two decades and has spent almost all of that time serving as an Interim Rector at various parishes throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Prior to becoming an ordained minister, Bruce was an executive in the financial services industry.

Bruce came highly recommended by both diocesan leaders and Luis, who has known Bruce for many years.

Bruce writes, “It is a great honor to be invited to St. John’s during this important time. But first, this is a time to celebrate the ministry of Fr. Luis Leon who has served St. John’s for the past 24 years with great wisdom and insight and faithfulness. The Holy Spirit has clearly blessed the ministry you share. Let us pray that the same Spirit will be our guide as we move forward.”

Please plan to be in church on Sunday, July 1 to welcome Bruce to St. John’s Church.

Richard Metzger
Senior Warden

Update from Hilary West, chair of the Rector Search Committee

The Rector Search Committee held an organizational meeting on Sunday, March 18.

On Tuesday, April 3, the Committee will meet with The Rev. Canon Paula Clark of the Diocese of Washington to discuss the search process and how the Diocese can support the Rector Search Committee as we are on the journey to find a new rector.

The Committee will meet again on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.  At the March 18 organizational meeting, the Committee agreed to meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Going forward, the Rector Search Committee will keep parishioners apprised of its activities here periodically.  Please stay tuned as we will be soon looking to engage parishioners to solicit thoughts and feedback as we look to assess where we have been, where we are, and where we would like to go as a parish in the future with a new rector. Your feedback and participation will be crucial.



The Vestry’s Charge to the Rector Search Committee

Sunday Forum – Rector Transition and Search Process

January 21, 2018

The Rev. Canon Paula Clark, Canon for Clergy Development, Multicultural Ministries and Justice

Transition Process Map