3427 Olney Laytonsville Road, PO Box 187, Olney, MD 20832



 Welcome  to St. John’s Episcopal Church, we have been a vital part of Montgomery  County since 1842. Here you will find a diverse faith community whose  journey may have started across the street or across the world; we  welcome all persons who feel called to express their faith or who are on  their own journey to find God in their life. We are committed to  sharing the Good News of God in Christ Jesus, respecting the dignity of  every human being, and loving our neighbor. We reach out with our Lord’s  compassion and love to any and all who are hurting or are marginalized  in Montgomery County, in our society, and the world beyond.

Come  and join us as we offer up the sacred worship of the Church, and begin  to experience the rich layers of the Christian tradition that are shaped  by our Anglican heritage.  Come and join us as we form the hearts and  minds of our children and adults so that they can always see the face of  God in everyone that they meet.  Come and share your unique gifts as we  strive for justice and peace among all people, and proclaim by word and  example the Good News of God in Christ.

We welcome you and invite  you to explore our website to gain a small glimpse of our mission and ministry.  We welcome you and we welcome your questions; Mother Shivaun and I look forward  to hearing your story.

Fr. Henry+ 




If you are Asian, Hispanic, Black or White…

If you are male or female or transgender….

If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old…

If you’ve never stepped foot in a church; or if you have a strong faith, 

questioning faith, or no faith; or simply need a place to rest…

If you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered…

If you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer…

If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, or not registered to vote…

If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, or regrets…

If you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless…

If you are fully-abled, disabled or a person of differing abilities…

You are welcome here at Saint John’s!




St.  John's Episcopal Church was organized June 22, 1842 as a separate  congregation of St. Bartholomew's Parish, and was built on land donated  for that purpose by Ignatius Waters and his wife, Eliza. The  "indenture", or agreement was made between eleven men and women. The  eleven founding members subscribed certain sums of money to construct a  church building and elected a committee to carry into effect the object  and purpose of the agreement. Dedicated in 1845, the church building is the oldest Episcopal Church  building in continuous use in Montgomery County.  

The  original church completed in 1842 had four windows on each side and was situated on what is now the lower side of the cemetery. In 1910 when  more land was acquired on the Olney-Laytonsville Road, the original  church building was moved on rollers by a mule team to its present site.

  • 1910 the church building was moved to its current location
  • 1961 St. John's Episcopal School  was founded by the Rev. James Valliant
  • 1976 St. John's Church became the headquarters of African Palms USA
  • 1980 a second renovation was completed
  • 1999 the columbarium was added

St.  John's is an Episcopal Church and a member parish of the Episcopal  Diocese of Washington, D.C.  The Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde is our bishop.   The Episcopal Church in the United States is also a member of the Anglican  Communion, comprised of all the Anglican churches throughout the world.