WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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.
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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.

The Rector Search Committee

Front row: Betsy Danello, Clark Ervin, Sara McGanity, Hilary West (Chair), Lisa Russo, Ralph Olson

Back row: Powell Hutton, Frank Klotz, Michelle Mangrum, Andrew Hunt

Not pictured: Krista Becker, Wendy Fibison

An Update From The Rector Search Committee – July 17, 2018

The parish survey is complete and a summary for distribution is being prepared. Our parish profile has been forwarded to the diocesan Office of Ministry Transition and has been posted on its website together with application instructions, where they will remain for a number of weeks to allow clergy to read them and, if interested, … Continue reading An Update From The Rector Search Committee – July 17, 2018

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

A survey that we hope every parishioner will complete is now live. 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, … Continue reading An Update from the Rector Search Committee – May 14, 2018

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

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 … Continue reading Welcome Our New Interim Rector

The Vestry’s Charge to the Rector Search Committee

The Vestry’s Charge to the Rector Search Committee St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square March 20, 2018 On Tuesday, March 20, by a unanimous vote, the Vestry adopted the following charge to the Rector Search Committee: I. Introduction The Rector Search Committee (Committee) is a committee of the Parish, appointed by the Vestry, and charged to … Continue reading The Vestry’s Charge to the Rector Search Committee

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 … Continue reading Update from Hilary West, chair of 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

A Letter from the Senior Warden – 14 November 2017

November 14, 2017 Dear Parishioners, Following up on my October 24 letter, I would like to share several updates as we begin to move forward in the transition process. To begin, the Vestry had a very informative and productive day-long retreat at Virginia Theological Seminary on November 4. We were joined by Rev. Canon Paula … Continue reading A Letter from the Senior Warden – 14 November 2017

A Letter from the Senior Warden – 24 October 2017

October 24, 2017 Dear Parishioners, As you all have learned, our Rector has announced his intention to retire next year, and his last Sunday with us will be May 20, 2018. Luis has been our steadfast leader for over 23 years – a constant and guiding presence. We will miss him and Lu dearly and look … Continue reading A Letter from the Senior Warden – 24 October 2017

An Important Message from our Rector

October 17, 2017 Dear Parishioners, Tonight at our October Vestry meeting, I informed the Vestry of my intention to retire as Rector of this incredible parish. My last Sunday at St. John’s will be Sunday, May 20, 2018. I find it hard to express fully how deeply grateful I am for the privilege of serving … Continue reading An Important Message from our Rector


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