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. Sarah Akes-Cardwell

Sarah grew up in East Tennessee and moved to the DC area in 2013 to begin her studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. As an undergraduate at Sewanee, Sarah studied U.S. History and International and Global Studies. Sarah served as the Assistant Rector at Middleham & St. Peter’s Parish in Lusby, MD where much of her ministry focused on children, youth, and intergenerational formation. Most recently, Sarah served as the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Maryland (College Park). While serving at St. John’s, Sarah will continue serving in a part-time capacity as Chaplain to students at Holy Trinity Episcopal School in Bowie, MD.
Sarah’s wife, Amanda, is also an Episcopal priest, and together they have a one-year-old, Samuel, who brings them immense joy and new learnings each day. You can often find them exploring local parks, breweries, and historic sites in their downtime.


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