St. John the Evangelist Mission Accessible

Tempe, Arizona

St. John the Evangelist Mission

Founded 2006

Diocese: Diocese of the West

Deanery: Missionary District


916 S. 52nd St
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Mailing address:

St. John the Evangelist Eastern Orthodox Church
PO Box 27447

Tempe, AZ 85285-7447


Office: 480-427-0630

Parish Contacts

Home: 925-367-9648

Lay Leadership

Teri Johnson
Parish Council Vice President
Home: 480-329-6582
Mr. William (Rdr Basil) Gould
Lay Contact
Home: 602-670-6704
Mrs. Peggy (Silouana) Robinson
Choir Director
Home: 480-834-7020


General Location
We are located on 52nd Street, just south of University.  Park anywhere along the side or back of the building.  The entrance is at the back.

Directions from the East Valley:
Take US60 west to I-10, merge onto I-10 West, and stay in the right lane.  Take exit 153B (Broadway/52nd St) and continue north through the intersection at Broadway.  The church is on the left, just past 10th St.

Directions from the Airport:
Follow the signs to 44th St / Hwy 143 / Hohokam Fwy.  Take the ramp to AZ-143 South, merge onto 44th St.  Turn right on University Dr, then right on 52nd St.  The church is on the right, in the second building behind the Quik Trip.

Directions from Central Phoenix, or the West Valley:
Take I-10 East toward Tuscon.  Take exit 147A to merge onto Loop 202, then take exit 3 for AZ-143 S toward Washington St.
Merge onto AZ-143 South, then take exit 2 for University.  Turn left onto University, then turn right at 52nd St.  The church is on the right, in the second building behind the Quik Trip.

Directions from North Scottsdale:
Take Loop 101 South to Loop 202.  Take exit 51 to merge onto AZ-202 Loop W, then take exit 6 for Priest Dr.  (Note: it will look like you are getting back on the freeway at this point.  Don’t worry, this will get you to the church).  Turn left onto Priest Dr, then turn right on University. Turn left onto 51nd St. The church is on the right, in the second building behind the Quik Trip.

For a map, please go to our website:

Schedule of Services

All services are celebrated in English using liturgical music from the Slavic and Byzantine traditions.

5:00 PM Great Vespers / Vigil (Great Vesper + Matins) served once a month and on eve of major Feasts.
Saturday Evening

9:00 AM Hours; 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy, followed by Coffee Hour
Sunday Morning

Confessions are heard at the end of Vigil and by appointment.

For schedule of Feast Day Services, Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy, etc., please see the Calendar at

Parish Background

  St. John the Evangelist Eastern Orthodox Church was established in February of 2005 to bring the Orthodox Christian Faith to Tempe, one of the largest cities in the country without an Orthodox Church and home to one of the largest state universities in the country. Our parish is part of the Orthodox Church in America (a self-governing church with historical roots in Russia). The Mission continues under the care of His Grace, ArchBishop Benjamin, Diocese of the West (OCA).
  The services at St. John’s are all conducted in English. Our common musical tradition is rooted in Russia; however, we also sing hymns in the Byzantine style. We are blessed to have a number of talented singers in our Mission who work very hard at making our services beautiful, and hope our visitors find worship inspirational.
  Visiting today, you will find us approximately 40 or so people struggling to live the fullness of Christian life together as it has been preserved and handed down to us. The members of St. John’s Mission come from a wide variety of a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds – more than half of us are relatively new to Orthodoxy. Some of us are “cradle Orthodox,” but most of us have come from traditions like Evangelical Protestant, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Baptist, non-denominational, Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ, etc.. St. John’s is a multi-generational, “kid-friendly,” and welcoming place to explore the Orthodox Faith, and to make a parish home with a fellowship of new friends.
  As a local parish, we are devoted to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. We encourage the ministry of the laity through the recognition and use of spiritual gifts, an understanding of the priesthood of all believers, and an emphasis on spiritual disciplines given by the church, including fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. We retain the traditional understanding of the church as a spiritual hospital where we can receive divine help in the struggle to purify our hearts and to be healed in soul and body.