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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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


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