St. John of Rila Church

Washington, DC, Virginia

Founded 2007


Services held at:
St. Luke Orthodox Church

Diocese: Bulgarian Diocese

Deanery: Bulgarian Diocese Chancery


6801 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22101

Mailing address:

3308 Niles St
Silver Spring, MD 20906-3965


Office: 703-278-0559

Parish Contacts

Home: 301-962-8709

Lay Leadership

Iliana Mihailov
Lay Contact
Gergana Johnson
Lay Contact
Elena Lyutskanova
Lay Contact


From Rt. 495 - Capital Beltway
Take Exit 44 - Route 193 east to Georgetown Pike towards Langley. Go 1 mile (pass St. Luke Catholic Church). St. Luke is on the corner of Georgetown Pike and Douglass Dr. Entrances are on both streets with ample parking. Main entrances to the chapel and social hall are from the driveway circle.

From George Washington Memorial Parkway
Exit at 123 - Chain Bridge Rd. Take Rt. 123 South to Dolly Madison Blvd. towards McLean. Go 1 mile (passing George Bush Center for Intelligence - CIA). Turn right onto Rt 193 West - Georgetown Pike. Go 1.5 miles to St. Luke on the left at the Corner of Georgetown Pike and Douglass Drive.

Schedule of Services

1:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Afternoon

The Divine Liturgy is celebrated in Bulgarian and English.  All other services are in Bulgarian.  For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Monthly Calendar on the parish website.

Parish Background

St. John of Rila Burlgarian Orthodox Church was founded on May 20, 2007 from Rev. Stefan Mihailov, his wife Iliyana Mihailov and by a group of Bulgarians who wanted to give a new momentum to the unification process of the Bulgarian community in the Washington DC and the surrounding areas. They are inspired by the idea to have one Church, one cultural and educational center of all the Bulgarians, residing in the Washington DC area, as well as a Bulgarian school.

The Constituent Assembly was honored by the attendance of Archpriest Don Freude - representative of the Orthodox Church in America and Chancellor of the late Archbishop Kyrill.

The Constituent Assembly adopted a Constitution and By-Laws of the newly founded church. It also approved Reverend Stefan Mihailov as a Pastor and elected a Board of Trustees.