About us

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist (St. John’s Parish) has been an active presence in the West Seattle community since1892.  It has been cited as the oldest continuously operating church in West Seattle.

This quote from St. John’s early history sets the tone of our continuing witness:  “St. John’s Parish was established “…for a broad-minded and liberal churchmanship, which should not only develop the spiritual side of life, but also encourage the social welfare in the most thoughtful and progressive minds of this community.”

As an Episcopal congregation, St. John’s is connected to Western Washington through the Diocese of Olympia, and to the world through The Episcopal Church and the world-wide Anglican Communion.


St. John’s is in transition between clergy right now and will be hearing a variety of voices during worship until a rector is called. Clergy Line-up.

To learn a bit more about St. John’s the Parish Profile, prepared as part of the search process, is available: SJB 2017 Profile


Pastoral care
The Rev. Jerry Shigaki is available for pastoral needs, contact him through the parish office.

Our Philosophy of Inclusion

Saint John’s is a Believe Out Loud congregation.

An Affirmation of our Inclusion of all God’s people

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist
West Seattle, Washington

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist is an affirming and inclusive Christian community.

Our members and leaders strive through love, worship, and service to welcome all God’s people just as God created them.

No matter where you are on your journey of faith, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic condition.

We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!