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Leadership

St Hagop Armenian Church has been blessed with committed and faithful lay leaders who have acted as stewards over our church over the years. Meet the people who currently served the Lord and our church gladly in the profiles below.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

Khajag Barsamian was born in Arapkir, Turkey on July 4, 1951. At the age of 13, he began his religious studies at the Holy Cross Armenian Seminary in Istanbul. Encouraged by Archbishop Shnork Kaloustian (the late Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople), he went to Jerusalem to study at the Seminary of the St. James Armenian Patriarchate.…

Fr. Hovnan Demerjian

Fr. Hovnan earned his B.A. from Boston College, Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and Certificate in Armenian Studies from St. Nersess Seminary. From 1996 to 1998 Fr. Hovnan spent two years teaching in the public schools of Armenia as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps. This experience motivated him to establish the…

Michael Shahnasarian

Mike has served two terms on parish council and as parish council chairman for two years. He has been a leader in the construction of our church hall, in overseeing hall rental and staffing, and has led the St. Hagop pledge stewardship initiative. He earned a doctorate in psychology and, along with a license to…

Mallory Maslar

Mallory has been a member of St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park since she was a little girl serving on the altar and attending Sunday School. She helped establish the ACYOA chapter at St. Hagop and since then has served as its Chairman and Vice Chairman. She has also attended leadership conferences, chapter workshops…

David Kazarian

David Kazarian is originally from Connecticut and has lived in Florida with his wife Nancy since 1989. He’s been a member of St. Hagop for over seven years, becoming more active in the church after a pilgrimage to Armenia.  He then served three terms on parish council from 2009-2014 mainly as vice chairman.  David graduated…

Haley Hovhanessian

Hayley is originally from Farmington, Connecticut.  She has been in Tampa and involved with St. Hagop for three years and has acted as the ACYOA Juniors Chair for the past year.  Prior to living in Tampa, Hayley attended the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection in New Britain, CT.  Hayley has a Bachelor’s Degree from…

Andy Anusbigian

Andy has served two previous terms on parish council, has chaired our Armenian Bazaar and has supported St. Hagop Church in many ways. Born May 21st, 1956 and raised in the Detroit area, Andrew is the youngest of 3 children. His family moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1992, where he established a successful wholesale…