St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has existed on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village since 1858. Although Germans settled mainly in the area east of the Bowery, there was a community in Greenwich Village which existed until the end of World War I. The Federal-style building with a domed cupola, built in 1821–22 for the Eighth Presbyterian Church, is one of the oldest religious buildings in Greenwich Village. In 1842, the property was sold to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. In 1858, the three year old congregation of Geran Lutherans purchased it. Victorian features were added in 1886 by Berg & Clark, and the pediment was inscribed, “Deutsche Evangelish-Lutherische St. Johannes Kirche.” St. John’s is within the Greenwich Village Historic District of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Also in 1886, the red brick education building (83 Christopher Street) was built next door to the sanctuary. Today this building houses the church offices, a few meeting rooms and classrooms, and the office for the Finnish Lutheran Congregation NYC (Agricola Lutheran Church).
St. John’s Today:
As a “diverse community of faith that seeks to share the love of Jesus Christ with all creation,” we strive to engage the rich history and culture of Greenwich Village, a community well known for its bold creative spirit and its safe space for LGBTQ people. Through regular Open Mics, Support Groups for Artists, collaboration with Theatre Groups and Arts organizations, as well as LGBTQIA service organizations such as: Heritage of Pride, GMHC, Audra Lorde Project, Out of the Darkness-World AIDS Day Gathering, and our own Gospel Night/Inspirational Showcase (where Ballroom goes to church), we are a place where all are welcome.
When we say “All Are Welcome” we mean it.
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manhattan, NY is a community of the people of God, called to minister to all people. We believe that the Gospel is God’s gift to all people, to be shared unconditionally, without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, or those questioning their sexual orientation. As well as without regard for cultural or ethnic background, physical or mental abilities, socio-economic or family status, gender or ages.
Therefore, we welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, their spouses, partners and their families.
Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness. We are challenged by the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society. We affirm, with the apostle Paul, that in Christ, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female. Christ has made us one.‟ (Galatians 3:28)
We pledge to ourselves and to all the others, that we will strive to live as a reconciling people in our life together and in our outreach to the world.
St. John’s is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation.