History of St. John's

Founding and Early Years
St. John's Church has been a part of the Pleasantville community since 1853 when along with St. Stephen's in Armonk and St. Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua, 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 former 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 Rectory

The oldest section of St. John's Rectory dates to 1734, the newest section was constructed shortly after the Revolutionary War in 1785. Our Rectory is the second oldest house in Pleasantville. It was purchased in 1920 by Miss Caroline Choate, a devoted member of St. John's. The Rectory was modernized with plumbing, heating, and storm windows before Miss Choate bequeathed it to St. John's to be a comfortable home for the Rector. The Rectory was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

A notable characteristic of St. John's is the tenure of service of its' Rectors. Since 1881 the curate 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 late July 2012.