St. John's Episcopal Church

Who We Are

Following Jesus. Inspired through Worship. Boldly loving ALL.

As followers of Jesus, we believe all people—without exception—are God’s beloved and are called together by the Holy Spirit. Inspired through time-honored worship, the people of St. John’s Episcopal Church strive to boldly love every person and all creation. This is summarized by our motto: Following Jesus. Inspired through Worship. Boldly loving ALL.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 08:30am - Simple said Eucharist.
  • 10:00am - Holy Eucharist with Hymns & Choir
  • 12:00pm - Holy Eucharist & Healing

What to Expect

What are services like?
Our Parish celebrates Holy Eucharist at least three times every week: • Sunday mornings at 8:30am is a spoken service of Holy Eucharist. Normally it is Rite II (contemporary) language. However, during the seasons of Advent and Eastertide it is Rite I (traditional) language. On the two Sundays of the year that the later service has incense (Pentecost and Trinity Sunday), the early service is made more festive with the gift of harpsichord music. • Sunday mornings at 10:00am is also a spoken service of Holy Eucharist with the organ, hymns, and usually a musical anthem or two. It is always Rite II (contemporary) language, except for Advent when it is Rite I (traditional) language. During certain times in the church year—including Advent, Christmas, and Eastertide—the Eucharist is chanted. • Wednesdays at 12noon is a said Eucharist with those attending gathering in our All Souls' Chapel. We celebrate whichever feast falls within that week, particularly Major Feasts, and also offer the sacrament of unction (laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing of body, mind, and spirit). On days a priest is unavailable, this becomes a lay-led service of Noonday Prayer & Healing.

What is the community like?
Our Vision The teachings of Jesus call us at St. John’s Episcopal Church to cultivate a community where each one of us can know who we are as beloved children of God. As we open ourselves to God’s love, we realize the grace-filled truth that every person we meet is likewise beloved. We envision a church where all people—no matter who they are, whom they love, whom they vote for, or what language they speak—can find grace and mercy in their relationships with God and one another. We find our time-honored approach to worship inspiring, and yet we also believe God calls us to find ways to make it more welcoming to those who are searching for a connection to God. We want to be a congregation where children will find their spiritual home—and their passion for God—here among us. And we want to equip Christians of all ages to learn what it means to follow Jesus in our current world. As we strive to boldly love every person and all creation, we believe God is inviting us together across our differences to change this world—both globally and right here at home. If you are seeking a faith community where you can make a difference, we invite you to visit us at any of our worship services!

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are always welcome to come to any of our services, regardless of who you are or where you come from. If you are not a baptized Christian, you are still welcome to participate fully in the worship service. The only difference is that when you come forward during Communion, you would simply cross your arms at your chest to receive a blessing instead of the Sacrament.


The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer

The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer

Father Cramer was raised in the Churches of Christ, and worked in several ministry positions in that tradition before moving into the Episcopal Church while completing his Master of Divinity at the Graduate School of Theology of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He then received his Anglican training through the completion of a Master of Sacred Theology at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree, also from Sewanee's School of Theology, with a focus upon Anglican liturgy, theology, and history and its intersection with the life of a congregation. He is currently pursuing a third master’s degree, an Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration at the Mendoza College of Business in the University of Notre Dame. He served his first cure as a priest in the Lilly-endowed Foundations for Spiritual Leadership Program at Christ Church in Alexandria, VA. After two years there, our parish, with the Bishop's consent, called him to come to St. John's to serve as our Rector, beginning in June of 2010. Father Cramer is active in the Episcopal Church at many levels. He represents the Central Region of the Diocese of Western Michigan on Diocesan Council, also serving as Secretary of Council. He is an Alternate Deputy to the next General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Previously he has served as Dean of the Lakeshore Deanery, Convener of the Deans of the Diocese, and Chair of the Commission on Ministry. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, where he serves as Convener of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society, comprising all the dioceses in Michigan along with Northern Indiana and the Diocese of Huron in the Anglican Church of Canada. He is the author of three books available on Amazon.

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