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

His Grace Bp. Daniel Findikyan

The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America entered a new era of leadership on Friday, May 4, 2018, when the 116th Diocesan Assembly elected the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan as the new Diocesan Primate. He succeeds Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, at 28 years the longest serving Diocesan Primate. Fr. Findikyan is the first…

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…

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…

Grace Austin

Grace has served on nominating committee for one term and is currently serving in her second year on auditing committee. She is chairing the gala banquet for our 2017 Diocesan Assembly. Grace is originally from Gainesville, FL.  She has lived in the Tampa/St Petersburg area for more than 25 years.  She is a graduate of…

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…

Chuck Begian

Chuck Begian is originally from Detroit, MI. He has been living in Tampa Bay since 1993, and has been involved with St. Hagop since 2001 serving on the parish council as Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and on various committees. He holds two degrees in Computer Science (BS from the University of Michigan, MS from Johns…