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

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.

The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson


Bruce McPherson is an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church. He has served churches in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia as a consultant and as an interim minister. Among the churches he has served include St. John’s in Ellicott City, MD, St. Peter’s in Arlington, VA and Washington National Cathedral in the District. He recently completed a term as interim minister at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke, VA. When serving at National Cathedral, Bruce was responsible for worship. In that capacity, he organized and directed the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan.

Prior to entering the ministry, Bruce formed McPherson & Co. Inc. and worked in the business world as a consultant to troubled business enterprises. Among other assignments, he represented the state of Maryland during the Savings and Loan crisis of the mid-1980’s and MNC Financial Corporation, a bank holding company that included American Security Bank and Maryland National Bank, in the resolution of many troubled commercial real estate investments. In that capacity, he organized and managed South Charles Realty Co., serving as its President and as Executive Vice President. He retired after its acquisition by Bank of America in 1995.

Bruce has chaired numerous non-profit Boards including The Episcopal Housing Corp., Episcopal Social Ministries and the Corporation for the Relief of Clergy Widows and Orphans in the state of Maryland. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Urban League, the Middendorf Fund and other non-profit organizations.

He lives in Annapolis with his wife, the Rev. Phebe McPherson, who serves as rector of Epiphany Church in Odenton, Maryland. Together they have three children and six grandchildren, a few of whom are still young enough to enjoy a short boat ride occasionally, especially if there’s ice cream at the end of it.