Welcome to St. John's Episcopal Church

Hampton, Virginia

St. John's Church is the oldest English-speaking parish in America, founded in 1610. The church of St. John's is a 1728 worship building displaying beautiful colonial brickwork.

These statements are true, but they are not the Church.

St. John's Church is the people who worship here, pray here, learn here, and serve here. There is one more ingredient which underlies it all -- God as revealed in Jesus Christ and experienced by the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is God who makes us one body and empowers us to be more than we could ever be by ourselves. The people who are St. John's change from generation to generation, but one thing never changes: this is a place where God's people open themselves to His solace and strength, His pardon and renewal.

Come grow with us!


As of: 6/18/2015

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Begins Sunday, 28 June

One service only.  Holy Eucharist Rite 2 will be at 9:15am.  Sunday school will not be provided.


Gluten free communion wafers are available.  If you would like a gluten free wafer, please get a card from the usher when you come in.  When you go up to the altar to receive communion, bring the card with you.  Hold it in your hands so that the person distributing the bread will know that you could like a gluten free wafer.


I was called to St. Johnís in Oc­to­ber of 2014.  I was ab­so­lute­ly thrilled to receive this call.  Before serving at St. Johnís, I spent eight years as an as­so­ci­ate rector at As­cen­sion Church in Norfolk.  I received my Mas­ters of Di­vin­ity from Prince­ton Theo­lo­gical Sem­in­ary.  I received my Di­ploma of An­gli­can Stu­dies from Vir­gin­ia Theo­logi­cal Sem­in­ary.  My hus­band is also a priest and serves in Vir­gin­ia Beach at St. Francis. We split the dif­fer­ence and live in Nor­folk.

My passion is preaching and pastoral care.  Visiting people is one of the most wonderful parts of being a priest.  I also enjoy the writing that I do for church, although I take particular delight in writing on my own or with my small writerís group that meets a couple times a year.  In my free time I go to the gym fairly regularly and practice yoga.  I am certified to teach yoga, but I have not done it for about a year and a half.  I hope to start doing it again soon.  I recently learned the hula hoop and that is a lot of fun.  I also love reading a good mystery and spending hours (which almost never happens) going through the Sunday New York Times.

One of the things that I love the most about St. Johnís is how supportive and non-judgmental the people are.  You would think that a church that is 400 years old might be a little stuffy and rigid, but this is not the case.  I believe that their long history has given them a greater perceptive on change in the church.  They have seen many changes to the Episcopal Church as a whole (it wasnít even called that for the first 150 years of its existence) and to St. Johnís.  This community is accustomed to persevering through challenges and coming out stronger.

If I have not met you, I hope that I will soon!

Samantha Vincent-Alexander  (Yes, I am aware that I have a ridiculously long name!)



  9:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist
  A ‘Meet & Greet’ after the service