The White House said although the Obama family liked to worship at a number of churches across the D.C. area, they chose St. John's to celebrate Easter with the Rev. Luis Leon.
"This is a very broad church," Leon said, starting his sermon. "We even have people who cheer for the New York Yankees in here."
Leon took heat last year when a reporter quoted him saying he hated the Yankees. "Today, I won't say I hate the Yankees," Leon continued. "But I hope they never win another pennant."
A crowd of some 80 people waited outside, unable to get into the packed church. Inside, Obama smiled and greeted other parishioners on the way back to his seat after receiving communion.
The president was wearing a dark suit with a light blue tie, while the first lady wore a black shrug over a magenta flowered dress.