Dates served: September 2016 to January 2018
Fr. Armash Bagdasarian was born in Istanbul, Turkey, with the baptismal name Vahe. At a very young age he began serving the Armenian Church as an altar boy and choir member. He received his early education in local schools, including the Ozel Icik Lyceum High School and Old and New Testament studies at the All Saints Presbyterian Church (under the auspices of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople).
Upon his graduation from Istanbul’s Kultur University in 1998, Fr. Bagdasarian moved to the United States, where he continued service at the Holy Cross Armenian Church in Union City, N.J., and worked as a diamond setter in New York’s Diamond District. While in the United States, he studied English at Hunter College and Baruch College in Manhattan.
In 1999, he was elevated to the rank of sub-deacon by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and thereafter to deacon in 2002. With the encouragement of Archbishop Barsamian, he began his studies at the St. Nersess Seminary during the fall of 2012 and graduated in the spring of 2015. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Palisades Medical Center and interned at St. Leon Armenian Church of Fair Lawn, N.J., under the guidance of pastor, the Rev. Fr. Diran Bohajian.
On July 24, 2016, Fr. Armash was ordained as a priest by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese. After completing his 40-day seclusion, he assumed the pastorate of Soorp Haroutiun Church in Orlando.
Fr. Armash is married to Yn. Maran and have a son, Nathaniel.