St. John the Baptist Church Accessible

Rochester, New York

St. John the Baptist Church

Founded 1964

Diocese: Diocese of New York and New Jersey

Deanery: New York State Deanery


855 Goodman St South
Rochester, New York 14620

Mailing address:

543 Seneca Pkwy
Rochester, NY 14613


Parish Contacts

Home: 585-770-3496

Lay Leadership

Ms. Bonnie Ann Maye-Schwarz
Choir Director
Home: 716-266-3351


From the Rochester Expressway
Exit the “Rochester Expressway”—Interstate 490—at Goodman Street.  Travel south on Goodman Street, toward Highland Hospital.  The church is on the right side of Goodman Street, three blocks from Interstate 490, at the corner of Benton Street.

Other information
Parking is limited in the church lot, but street parking is available surrounding the church.  Please enter the church through the main (front) entrance.  The church hall and restrooms are located downstairs.  For more detailed directions, visit our parish website at or call 585-442-6860 and leave a voice-message with return phone number.

Schedule of Services

All services are conducted in the English language.

5:00 PM Vespers followed by individual Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:45 AM Hours; 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship and religious education.
Sunday Morning

General Confession is held on the first Saturday of the month after Vespers.
General Confession

Thursday, 7:00 PM Bible Study and “Seekers Forum” held in the church hall
Education Schedule

For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Events page on the parish website.

Parish Background

Questions and Information
For more information, visit our parish website at or call us at 585-442-6860 (leave a voice-message with your return phone number).  You may also contact Father Ken James Stavrevsky directly by calling 585-458-5627 or sending an e-mail to

Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church was founded in Rochester, New York on the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women (May 17) in 1964.  That year, a group of Orthodox faithful joined together with the desire to establish an Orthodox parish where the Divine Services would be conducted entirely in the English language.  Faithfully enduring many difficulties and overcoming obstacles, the parish grew and found a home at its current location—a truly inviting and lovely place of worship, centrally located and easily accessible from the entire greater Rochester area.  The parish has become an icon of Orthodox unity, where people from diverse ethnic heritages and cultural roots gather together as the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”

Parishioners represent a wide diversity of backgrounds—“cradle-born” Orthodox, converts from a multitude of religious traditions, and those seeking Christ and His Church.  Many faithful have been added to the Body of Christ through the faithful witness of St. John’s parish, and for this great blessing and joy we offer thanks to God.  At St. John’s, we celebrate the uniquely precious gift that each woman, man, and child is within our family of faith.  We strive to be a community of love: for God and for one another.  By the grace of God, we work to faithfully be “the Church” in the midst of our unworthiness.  We know that we are sinners.  We know, also, that our parish is the haven of those who repent and the salvation of those who contritely seek God’s forgiveness. God has been merciful, gracious and good to us—for in this holy house, we have seen the True Light!

In this holy house, the fullness of the Orthodox Faith is opened to us. We hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will lead others into the fullness of Christ and His Holy Church through an encounter with Orthodoxy at Saint John’s parish.  We welcome all—Orthodox Christians and seekers—to journey with us.  If you live in the Rochester area or plan a visit to upstate New York, please join us for worship!