Associate Pastor of Young Families’ Ministries
Nomads are known as people who travel from one place to another, without having one home. Being thirty years old and having lived in many places, from Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, to New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, California, and Rhode Island, the nomad description seems to fit.
During my third year in college, I professed and trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. While studying to be a product designer, my father suffered a heart attack, which caused me to begin questioning my faith. However, throughout that year, God answered my prayers by changing my doubts into strong belief. The Lord provided key people that challenged and helped me understand God’s grace. My hunger to know Christ more consumed me and I wanted to share that with others.
The following year, I was a leader in the Armenian Evangelical Youth Fellowship under the guidance of Rev. Ara and Sylvia Jizmejian, but never considered becoming a pastor. After graduating from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Product Design, I worked for a year as a graphic designer and prayed that God would show me what He wanted me to do. Having served in various capacities as a leader, other leaders and pastors continually encouraged me to pursue ministry.
In the fall of 2003, I enrolled at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which I entered with a bit of hesitation still. But God knew best and slowly changed my heart towards desiring a pastoral role in His church. With just one class left in seminary, in 2006 I moved to California for a summer internship at the Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church in Pasadena, CA. After this, I was supposed to move again, this time to Fresno to begin my AEUNA internship. But God had other plans. Before I knew it, I was on my way back to the East Coast.
In the fall of 2006, I began my internship with the Armenian Euphrates Evangelical Church in Providence, Rhode Island to be mentored by Badveli Jizmejian. Through those two years, Badveli Ara, and the church, challenged, equipped, and trained me to become a pastor. In 2007, I received my Master of Divinity degree. In 2008, Rev. Ara stepped down and I was installed as the Senior Pastor of AEEC.
Meeting and marrying Tamar Abadjian on July 6th, 2008, has been God’s greatest gift to me. Her faith compels me constantly to pursue being a better man. Tamar and I are very excited to see what God will do here in Fresno on the next leg of our journey.