Founded on December 28, 1841, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, is the second oldest Episcopal Parish in St. Louis, and the fifth oldest in the State of Missouri. The first rector was the Rev. Whiting Griswold, pictured at right. Since then, we have had 20 more rectors. We have a lot of history behind us and we look forward to a bright future, trusting in God’s abundance and grace.
Founded to serve residents in the southern part of downtown St. Louis, the St. John's congregation moved to the Lafayette Park neighborhood, where the church building was almost destroyed by a tornado in 1896.The congregation then moved to the Tower Grove neighborhood, following the members of the parish as the City of St. Louis expanded south and west. The present building was finished in 1910 (the cornerstone laid in 1907).
St. John’s has been the home of various historic “firsts” in the Episcopal Church. St. John’s was probably the first parish in Missouri to discontinue “pew rentals” (a caste separating process) and the first to have a “vested” boys’ choir. The boys came from the Episcopal Orphan's Home that Mr. Griswold founded. Unfortunately, Mr. Griswold died during the cholera epidemic of 1849 at the age of 34 as he tried to relieve the suffering of others.
The Rev. Teresa Danieley is the 21st rector. Ms. Danieley and Mr. Griswold may not look a lot alike – but they both share a love of God, the Episcopal Church, and the St. John’s community, as well as a commitment to serving the people of the City of St. Louis.
St. John's Rectors
|1. Whiting Griswold||1841-1849|
|2. Francis Clerc||1849-1857|
|3. William R. Johnson||1857-1858|
|4. John Coleman||1859-1861|
|5. William G. Spencer||1861-1868|
|6. J.P.T. Ingrahm||1868-1879|
|7. Joseph T. Wright||1880-1883|
|8. Stephen H. Green||1883-1895|
|9. Carl N. Moller||1896-1901|
|10. Percy Silver||1901-1901|
|11. Annesley T. Young||1901-1902|
|12. Cozier G. Adams||1902-1905|
|13. Stephen F. Sherman||1906-1910|
|14. Arthur Brittain||1910-1918|
|15. Killian A. Stimpson||1919-1923|
|16. Leighton H. Nugent||1923-1944|
|17. Charles Rehkopf||1944-1952|
|18. J. Maver Feehan||1953-1965|
|19. Dorman "Bud" Ball||1965-1989|
|20. George S. Plattenburg||1990-1998|
21. Teresa K. M. Danieley
22. Amy Chambers Cortright