St. John’s was first established as an Episcopal Church in 1912. At that time Williams was a wild-west town with logging as its main industry. One of the founding fathers of the church was local physician Dr. E. B. Perrin. The congregation, first led by a circuit-rider minister, Reverend J. L. Meade, met in the Methodist Church, the Opera House and the Fray Marcos Hotel before building a structure near the current health center. Later a church was constructed at Slagel and Sheridan, which was also outgrown. In the early 1900s, the nearby town of Jerome, AZ was a boomtown of copper, silver and gold mines. Money was plentiful and much was spent on the furnishings of Jerome’s Episcopal Church. Stained glass was imported from Italy. The handmade and artistically carved pews, altar, frontispiece and baptismal font were probably made in San Francisco and transported to Jerome by train and wagon. Then Jerome went into decline as the mines closed. The current St. John’s, located on Second and Grant streets, was being built at the time the Jerome church was being disassembled. The stained glass windows, altar, pews, light fixtures, baptismal font and hardwood flooring from Jerome’s church were donated to St. John’s. Members of St. John’s transported the furnishings themselves. Vera Black, a tiny lady, remembered holding the round stained glass window on her lap in the front seat of a pickup, for 50 miles, as it bumped along the old back road between the two towns. St. John’s was dedicated in 1952. In 1962, Walker Hall was added to the building. It was named after Howard Walker, who initiated the project and spent many hours working with other members to complete the structure. He also built the church vicarage. In 1975, a fire raged through Walker Hall gutting the structure. Fortunately doors between areas were closed so only heavy smoke damaged the rest of the church. A special coating was sprayed on everything left in the hall to help eliminate the smoky odor, and the hall was sealed off. Members worked diligently to clean and paint the church proper in time for a wedding the next weekend. During following weeks, church members worked with the contractors to make the remodeled hall even more useful. In 1980, St. John’s Episcopal Church joined forces with the local Lutheran congregation to become one church family. This strengthened St. John’s in dynamics and numbers. As one of the first churches in the nation to have a dual heritage, St. John’s received national attention. Our motto is “Two in Heritage, One in Christ.” In 1989, St. John’s began the process of becoming a Total Ministry church. Another new concept, this placed St. John’s in the spotlight once again. Total Ministry means that all members share in the ministry, business and work of the church. Most members are not paid for their services, contributing their time and talents voluntarily. The church family called up two local members to be priest and deacon. Dayl Bingell and David Dent then completed four years of seminary studies while maintaining family and work obligations. In 1991, the Episcopal Church ordained Dayl Bingell and David Dent as deacons. After further instruction and practicum, Dayl Bingell was ordained a Local Priest in 1992.   The Reverend Ann Johnson replaced Dayl when he retired in July 2006. Reverend Johnson retired in 2014 leaving the ministry in the hands of the Reverend Marc McDonald. St. John’s has enjoyed the artworks of talented artists throughout its history. They include the crucifixion painting by Bill Woodward, needlecraft by Billie Hartman, wall hangings by Karen Evans, Heather Becklin and Bonnie Dent, classroom murals by Rodney Diaz, aspen murals and etched windows by Bonnie Dent. The Bishop's Committee is the governing body of St. John’s. There are four lay members on the Bishop's Committee. The officers of the Bishop's Committee are Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Clerk and Treasurer. The Bishop's Committee members meet regularly and make decisions regarding St. John’s finances, programs, and goals. Bishop's Committee members are responsible for carrying out the mission of St. John’s Church, “Two in heritage, one in Christ, loving the Lord and extending that love into the community.”