WHAT TO EXPECT
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you visit St. John's. While we would love a chance to meet you, you don’t have to identify yourself as a visitor. You can slip into a worship service and check us out without identifying yourself to anyone, if that is what you choose. You’ll have the opportunity during the services to fill out a welcome card, where you can give as little or as much information about yourself as you wish—and let us know of any prayer requests that you may have.
We are a community of caring individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds following an inviting and loving Lord. Energized and challenged by God’s spirit, we find ourselves to be a community called to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to be stewards of the world God has committed to our care. We are bound together on our spiritual journeys by common forms of prayer, by a vision of an inclusive church and by the desire to help one another grow in the ability to see Christ present in our daily lives.
WHAT WE DO
We share a rich, deep history that reaches beyond the founding of St. John’s Church in Crawfordsville in the 1830s. We share in the history and traditions of the Church of England, and beyond that, we share in the history of God’s working through all of Christian and Jewish History. Our rich history and Anglican tradition, like the bread and wine of the Eucharist, nourishes us as a faith community following the Way of Christ into a future shaped and inspired by the Spirit of God.
FIND YOUR FAITH
Whether you are a lifelong Episcopalian or don't even know what "Episcopal" means, you can find a home at St. John's! Many of our members were born Episcopalian, and many others have come to our church from Roman Catholic, Baptist, and nondenominational backgrounds, among others.
Whatever your background, you will find St. John's to be a community of lively faith, reverent curiosity, and passion for service. These quotes by parishioners are a testament of how St. John's has enriched their lives.
Rev. Mark Van Wassenhove
Father Mark was called as Interim Rector July 1, 2021. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of theology at Berkeley, CA and a Master of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1988 and later received as an Episcopal priest in 2000.
Organist & Choir Master
Jerilyn has been involved with music at St. John’s as Organist & Choir Master for almost 39 years. She has a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Music Education from DePauw University, and taught music in the Crawfordsville elementary school for 39 years! Jerilyn can also be found gardening (both flowers and vegetables), walking her dog, Murphy, and quilting.
Marie has served as our part-time Parish Administrator since 2017, she also shares the responsibility to run the videography for our Sunday on-line services. Although having had many career pivots, she was most fulfilled working as a biologist and chemist. Marie is very active in the community serving on several boards and is in continuous lifetime training to become a real Master Gardener.
Jeff is our Sexton and has been a member of St. John’s for a few years, where he also serves as a Crucifer and Lay Eucharistic Minister. He currently works in the kitchen at St. Elizabeth’s Franciscan Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana. When not at work, Jeff is an amateur radio fanatic or building electronic circuit boards.