Our Mission Statement
We are a diverse and accepting community of faith-filled Christians growing in a loving God through worship, fellowship and service.
The Rev. Norman Burke proposed establishing a new Episcopal congregation in what was then a predominantly rural northwest Phoenix in 1976. Prospective parishioners were surveyed, and 2,700 door-to-door calls were made by members of several Episcopal congregations, along with volunteers from a nearby Lutheran church.
The goal for members of this new parish became “Preparing the way of the Lord.” The first service of the newly formed Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist was held on June 25, 1978 in the Estes Homes Sales Pavilion at 29th Avenue and Bell Road. Fr. Burke would be St. John's Vicar and first Rector. Our current congregation includes a core group who attended the first service and remain active parishioners at St. John's.
St. John's continued to meet and grow at the Estes Homes Pavilion, and later in a modular unit located on nearby land owned by the Diocese of Arizona. A capital campaign led to purchase of new, larger property and to the dedication and consecration of the new church building at our current location on April 29, 1984. Chilton Hall, our educational building, was completed in February 2000.