Rooted In Our Community
A part of La Verne since 1960-something...
Saint John's is a congregation built on a foundation of outreach and care for the community. We thrive in the Christian ideal of loving our neighbors. We actively lean in to our calling to serve God in all things. Most of all, we seek to preach the Gospel in the world through our thoughts, words, and deeds.
It began with a call.
On March 14th, 1961, Marge and Richard Vicenti opened their home to a small group with a mission. Their calling: to bring an Episcopal church to the community. They wanted to ensure spiritual formation generations and wanted to make a difference in the lives of their community.
From 1961 to 1969, this early group of Episcopalians worked diligently to see their mission become real. On November 16, 1969, ground was broken on the current grounds, and Saint John's Episcopal Church of La Verne would be born.
But which Saint John?
Often we get asked, "But which Saint John is your church named after?" The answer is something you might find quite amusing. We are Saint John the Evangelist. But, the community legend is that the early leadership team wanted to be named a different saint. So, when the bishop rejected their suggestion and named them Saint John’s, they decided to not include the Evangelist part and be “The” Saint John’s.
So the correct answer is, "We are The Saint John's!"