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 Rev. Shawn Evelyn

Shawn and his wife, who is also a priest, are graduates of Virginia Theological Seminary, so they are already familiar with life in the Washington metropolitan area. Shawn writes:

“I am overjoyed that I will be joining the community of St. John’s, Lafayette Square. I am coming from the Diocese of Chicago where I have served as the Interim Youth Associate for St. James Cathedral and as priest in charge at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church. I look forward to contributing to the worship experience at St. John’s, and to dreaming with you all about what we can do together. I am excited to be able to work with your youth and young adults and to explore the various ways you reach out to your neighbors and the surrounding communities”.

Shawn is known for thoughtful preaching, dynamic ministry with people of all ages, a passion for outreach, and for being a relationship builder with a deep gift for pastoral care.


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