Our Priest

Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan
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(January 1, 2019 - )

Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan was born on September 3, 1979, in Vedi, in the region of Ararat, Armenia. He graduated from the local high school in 1996, and subsequently studied at the seminaries in Sevan (1996-1997) and Gyumri (1997-2000), Armenia. From 2000-2006, he was a student at the Gevorkyan Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
He was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Nerses Bozabalyan on February 23, 2006. On December 3, 2006, he was ordained into the holy order of priesthood by Bishop Anooshavan Jamgochyan in Holy Etchmiadzin and given the priestly name, Paren. From October 2006 to June 2007, he worked at the Chancellery of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
From July 2007,with the blessing of His Holiness Karekin II, Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan was assigned to serve in the Eastern Diocese and served as an interim pastor at St. James Armenian Church in Evanston, IL. In addition, he studied English at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.
On October 29, 2009, Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan was assigned as the interim pastor of St. George Church of Waukegan, IL.
From December 1, 2009 Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan assigned as a pastor of St. George Armenian Church of Waukegan and Holy Resurrection Armenian Church of South Milwaukee, WI.
On Sumer of 2010 Fr. Paren participated and graduated of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at the Advocat Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington IL.
In February 2014, he was assigned to serve as the pastor of St. David Church of Boca Raton, FL.
From January 1, 2019 Rev Fr. Paren Galstyan assigned as a Pastor of Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church of Orlando, Florida.
Fr. Paren is married to Yn. Anna Lusi Galstyan, and they are blessed with two sons, Grigor and Aren.