A Brief History

St. John’s was first established as an Episcopal Church in 1912. At that time Williams was a wild-west town with logging as its main industry.  The congregation met in the Methodist Church, the Opera House and the Fray Marcos Hotel before building a structure near the current health center. Later a church was constructed at Slagel and Sheridan, which was also outgrown.  

St Johns Ground Breaking 1952

St Johns Ground Breaking 1952

In 1952, the current St. John’s, located on Second and Grant streets, was being built at the time the Episcopal church in Jerome, AZ was being disassembled. The stained glass windows, altar, pews, light fixtures, baptismal font and hardwood flooring from Jerome’s church were donated to St. John’s. 

Front altar during Holy Week

HIstoric altar during Holy Week                                                                                                           

In 1962, Walker Hall was added to the building. In 1980, St. John’s Episcopal Church joined with the local Lutheran congregation to become one church family. As one of the first churches in the nation to have a dual heritage, St. John’s received national attention. Our motto is “Two in Heritage, One in Christ.”

In 1989, St. John’s began the process of becoming a Total Ministry church. Another new concept, this placed St. John’s in the spotlight once again. Total Ministry means that all members share in the ministry, business and work of the church. Most members are not paid for their services, contributing their time and talents.

For a detailed timeline of events in the church’s history, click St. John’s Historic Timeline.

Leadership and Bishop’s Committee

Our vicar, is the Reverend Mary Piotrowski (“Pastor Mary”).

The Bishop’s Committee is the governing body of St. John’s. There are four lay members on the Bishop’s Committee. The officers of the Bishop’s Committee are Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Clerk and Treasurer. The Bishop’s Committee members meet regularly and make decisions regarding St. John’s finances, programs, and goals. Bishop’s Committee members are responsible for carrying out the mission of St. John’s Church.

St. John's Episcopal Lutheran Church Williams AZ

Sunday Service

Please join us Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for our regular services. The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is a part of every Sunday service, and who truly sorry for their sins, are welcome at His table.  The chuch is located in the heart of the downtown Williams, just one block south of Historic Route 66 at the corners of Grant and 2nd Streets.

Whether you are just passing through Williams, visiting the Grand Canyon, touring Historic Route 66, new or old residents of the community, and/or in the process of seeking Christ in your life, you are welcome at this church.  You will definitely feel welcome at St. John’s!