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Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Please fill out this welcome form to connect with us.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.


Service Times

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II


St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

What to Expect

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday. 

Nursery care: Child care is available from 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 3s class.

Learn more about Children's Ministries

Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings.  We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A.  J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:00 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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Our Clergy

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The Rev'd Geoffrey M. St J. Hoare


Office: 202-363-8286 x201

Geoffrey Michael St. John Hoare is the Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.  In this role, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the parish, responsible for all aspects of this worshipping community. 

Geoffrey has deep experience in parish ministry, having served for eighteen years as the Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta and for more than ten years as the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia.  He started his ministry as Deacon and Priest at Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina

Geoffrey is devoted to broad engagement with the community, both locally and globally.  He has participated in many of the social justice offerings at St. Albans  most notably leading the youth of the parish into relationship with the homeless in the nation’s capital and with those in impoverished Appalachia.  He serves on the advisory board for Sojourners capital campaign. (Geoffrey's full bio is online here.)


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The Rev'd Jim Quigley

Associate Rector

Office: 202-363-8286 x217

Jim Quigley was born and raised in suburban Chicago, Illinois.  A graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, for many years Jim made his living as a painter, sculptor and furniture maker.  After a mid-career calling Jim attended The Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated with honors in theology. He has served as an Associate Rector, College Chaplain and Rector at parishes in Kentucky, New Orleans and Washington, DC.

Rev. Jim oversees adult formation, outreach and pastoral care.

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The Rev'd Emily Griffin

Associate Rector

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Emily Griffin grew up in Syracuse, NY. After completing a dual Masters of Divinity/Masters of Social Work at Princeton Seminary and Rutgers University (along with a Masters of Sacred Theology at General Seminary in NYC), she was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. Emily has served parishes in New Jersey, Virginia and now Washington, DC – with a primary focus on Christian education across the generations; she is also an accredited Godly Play Trainer. She and her husband Mike live in the District.

Emily oversees children's formation & family ministries, coordinates our worship guilds, and helps newcomers find their place at St. Alban's.

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The Rev'd Debbie Kirk

Associate Rector

Office: 202-363-8286 Ext. 219

Debbie comes to St. Alban’s with experience in counseling, legal advocacy, international development, child and adult education, social work, and management as well as hospital and school chaplaincy.  Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Debbie has worked with multicultural immigrant families and with the Latino community for the past 15 years.  In the last five, she has also served the Spanish-speaking congregations at St. Alban’s and Ascension, Gaithersburg, part-time, as an intern, seminarian, deacon, and priest.  In addition to her Masters of Divinity with honors, she has graduate degrees and licenses in law, education, and philosophy/political science/public administration.

Rev. Debbie works with the Spanish-language service and congregation.