History of St. John's

Founding and Early Years
St. John's Church has been a part of the Pleasantville community since 1853 when it was established as a mission church of Grace Church in White Plains. The Rev. Robert W. Harris, Rector of Grace Church, was the Priest-in-Charge. Services were held in a schoolhouse in the Old Village until 1885.

In that same year the congregation occupied a new sanctuary on Bedford Road which served as its home until the present building was occupied in 1912 under the rectorate of The Rev. Dr. Stephen Holmes. The old building now serves as the Pleasantville Community Synagogue.  

To meet the demands of a growing church community, the parish hall was added on at a cost of $52,000. Built of native stone with a roof of Vermont slate, it was completed in 1929 under the rectorate of The Rev. Emmons Parkman Burrill. In 1972 the classroom and office wing was completed. 

Our Rectorage

The Rectory of St. John's dates back to 1785 and is the oldest house in Pleasantville. It was purchased in 1920 from Miss Caroline Choate who had acquired and lovingly restored the property the year before. The historic integrity of the Rectory as a pre-Revolutionary building has been respected whenever possible while still allowing for modern conveniences necessary for comfortable daily life. 

A notable characteristic of St. John's is the tenure of service of its' Rectors. Since 1881 the rectorage has been held by seven Priests, whose average tenure has been 19 years. The Rev. Emmons Parkman Burrill served for 30 years; the Rev.'s Stephen Homes and Bradford W. Ketchum, each for 25 years. The Rev. Lloyd H. Uyeki served for 10 years; The Rev. Phillip Carr-Harris served for 19 years. The Rev. John Edwards served for 4 years, from 2006-2010.

Our current Rector, The Rev. Mother Mary B. Gregorius joined us in August 2012. Our parish exists to meet the needs of its members, and to help those members in times of hardship. We worship together as a community of believers. We support one another’s values and beliefs. We nurture the faith of our members in a variety of ways including Sunday school, and bible study group.