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 will be held in person on the following Sundays in the Church or Togo West Parlor from 10:05 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. After the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.  There will be no livestream Zoom option. The audio recording will be available on the Speaker Series recording page on our website, and in the weekly newsletter The Word the week after the talk (except for the October 3 Speaker Series which was not recorded).

Click here to sign up for the weekly newsletter, The Word, which goes out every Thursday.
Rebecca Chand

October 24

Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She will speak on Religion and the Holocaust.

David Silverman

November 21

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

David WOlfe

December 5

The Rev. David B. Wolf, Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, St. John’s mission partner.  Ben T. Morgan, a participant in Samaritan’s programs, will also speak about Samaritan’s mission of life change for those who are living in or on the edge of poverty in the DMV.

Lonnie Bunch

December 12

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian and former Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As Secretary, he oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers.