PASTOR (Interim)

Rev. Fr. Dr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1961 in a family of faith. His grandfather, Der Mikael Kouyoumdjian and uncle, Der Nishan Kouyoumdjian were both priests serving the Armenian Apostolic Church.  He is a graduate of Hovagimian-Manougian High School (1973-1980). For Grad/Post Graduate education attended Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia.

Simultaneous to the secular education, participated in extracurricular religious education; 1974-1980: served as an acolyte and then as a sub-deacon at Soorp Asdvadzazin Church in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon. As well as teaching at the Sunday School and occasionally attending Religious/Christian Education Seminary Courses in Antelias, Lebanon.

 Moved to the United States in 1990, started residency in Psychiatry at NYMC, Valhalla NY in 1993. Working as an Attending Psychiatrist since 1997.

On June 27, 1993 he was ordained as a Deacon at St. Illuminator's Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, NY, NY by His Eminence Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory.

Since 1993 has been serving the altar in the Armenian Church as a deacon, particularly at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church in Ridgefield, NJ.

From 1995 on, worked on digitalizing the Armenian New Testament and Psalms, Nareg Prayer Book, Mashdots and Jamakirk for personal use. Also worked and lectured on Christian Spiritual and Psychological issues concerning the American Armenian Community in the U.S and Canada. (e.g. Couples Intimacy issues and benefits of faith, parent child relationship and pastoral counseling, Empathic listening and the pastor…).

Starting 2016 focused studies on the Liturgy and Theology of the Armenian Apostolic Church with the leadership of his Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian.

Rev. Fr. Vahan was ordained to the holy order of priesthood on February 8-9, 2019, by Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church in Ridgefield, NJ.  In March 2019 he was appointed to serve as an itinerary priest at St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church, New Britain CT, until March of this year when Der Garabed Telfeyan was appointed as the full-time pastor

Rev. Fr. Vahan is happily married to Yn. Maggie Tekeyan Kouyoumdjian (since 1995) who are blessed with three children, Aram, Anoosh and Nishan.

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