Sunday Worship & Fellowship: 10:30AM-1:30PM

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.

The Very Reverend Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan

Immediately prior to his election as the 13th Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan served the Diocese as its Director of Ministries. A native of Yerevan, Fr. Mesrop attended Gevorgian Theological Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2003. He was…

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…

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…

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…

Haig Yaghoobian

Haig Yaghoobian, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, is a musician by avocation and an accomplished recital pianist.  He has been a regular performer at chamber music venues throughout the US and Europe for more than fifty years. Haig has been an active contributor to non-profit cultural, religious, and civic organizations, including service as Executive Director of…

John Arsenault

John was born in Chelsea MA to Mary Tashjian and Mike Arsenault. After graduating Chelsea High, he went on to the University of Massachusetts to earn a BBA in Business Administration. John was recruited to work as a DOD civilian employee in AAFES, managing post exchanges and base exchanges for the next five years on…