Rev. Travis E. Kern, DMin, Pastor

LGBTQIA+

St. John’s welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions

We welcome people of all races, genders, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions to be part of our congregation.

As part of this commitment, we are a certified Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Congregation through ReconcilingWorks. This program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations and ministry communities who have made a public commitment to welcome, include and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people.

As part of the RIC certification, we developed a statement affirming our welcome to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Affirmation of Welcome

Called to fulfill our baptismal covenant, while seeking reconciliation with God and with people, we live in faithfulness, through Jesus Christ, by:

Trusting in God, we believe there is a place for people of all ages and physical and mental abilities at the Lord’s table.

Proclaiming Christ in word and deed, we open our doors to people of every nationality, race, and ethnicity, while confessing the sin of racism and the harm racism has caused.

Caring for others and the world God made, we invite and support people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions into our community, as we commit ourselves to removing unspoken barriers to participation and leadership.

Working for justice and peace, we seek to include people of every social, economic, cultural, and faith background in the life and decision-making of the congregation, and strive to overcome injustice, discord, and fighting in our community and world.

We, the people of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, invite all people—believers, doubters, and seekers—to join us in creating space to explore the intersection of faith, life, and society.

Who We Are

St. John’s is a neighborhood Lutheran Church located in Rockville, Maryland. We belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Worship and Discipleship

St. John’s offers weekly worship services and bible study opportunities to help explore your faith.

Service and Outreach to help the Community

St. John’s works year-round in service activities to feed the hungry, help the elderly and provide meeting space for community groups.

Education and Activities for Children

Children are an integral part of our community. St. John’s Youth Ministry provides various opportunities for our children to learn and grow. These experiences range from kid-friendly worship services, Sunday School, Preschool, and Vacation Bible School. We also provide a staffed nursery during worship services for children under the age of 5.

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