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 Speaker Series is an adult education program held on select Sundays. We hear from scholars, poets, and leaders in our world, and in the world of faith.

Allan Lichtman on the Truman Presidency

  • Allan Lichtman
  • 13/03/2022
  • 45:01

Allan Lichtman, Professor of History at American University, speaks at St. John’s Speaker Series about the Truman presidency.

Mark Adams, Education Director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

  • Mark Adams
  • 20/02/2022
  • 45.41

Mark Adams, Education Director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, speaks about President Truman’s foreign policy in our February series focusing on the Truman presidency.

Lonnie Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian

  • Lonnie Bunch III
  • 12/12/2021
  • 44.35

Our December Speaker Series speaker is Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian. He assumed his position June 16, 2019. As Secretary, he oversees 21 museums, including two new museums in development—the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers. Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and is the first historian to be Secretary of the Institution.

Speaker Series: The “Real” Story of Thanksgiving

  • David Silverman, Professor at The George Washington University
  • 11/21/2021
  • 44.02

David Silverman, Professor at The George Washington University. He specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He spoke on The “Real” Story of Thanksgiving.

Speaker Series: History of Washington Interfaith Network and St. John’s

  • WIN's Amy Vruno and Sidra Siddiqui with parishioner John More
  • 11/14/2021
  • 45:36

Amy Vruno and Sidra Siddiqui, organizers for the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), and John More, St. John’s parishioner. They spoke about the history of WIN and St. John’s long involvement, and about WIN’s future plans.