I was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria in a Christian family that cherished and lived the values and teachings of the Bible. Upon my graduation from Karen Eppe Armenian High School, I attended Haigazian University in Beirut and majored in Psychology. I received my Masters of Divinity from the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in 1997.
My first pastoral ministry field was the Armenian Evangelical Churches in Kessab and Kaladouran (1997-2002). I’ve also served as Coordinator to the Junior High and College Youth Ministry of the Armenian Evangelical Churches of Syria. In 2004, I assumed the pastoral position of the Armenian Evangelical Church of the Martyrs', Aleppo. In 2010, I moved to Southern California and assumed the Senior Pastor position at Immanuel Armenian Congregational Church of Downey.
In 2017, I completed my second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University, and as an AMFT I continue to use my counseling skills to help families and couples attain meaningful relationships. As a Minister of the Word of God, I have a passion for the Great Commission of preaching the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
My wife Lena (BA, Christian Education) and I live in Pasadena and are blessed with three children, Ari, Hrag, and Narod.
I have had the honor, in the past, of serving the Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church of Pasadena for 23 years (1971-1994). After serving other churches and the Armenian Evangelical Union, the board asked me to serve the church again on an interim basis. It is a great privilege to do so.
I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and the California School of Theology. In addition to my 23 years of service at ABBC, I have been an assistant minister of the Armenian Evangelical Brethren Church, youth minister at the United Armenian Congregational Church (Hollywood), Senior Pastor of Immanuel Armenian Congregational Church (Downey), and I served for a decade as Minister to the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA).
Together with my wife (Suzie) of 50 years, we have four grown sons, four wonderful daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren with one more on the way. God has been faithful.
By the grace of God, Vache Sevajian started his ministry at ABBC on August 1, 2017 as the youth/sports ministries pastor. Vache has been a member of ABBC since 2003, attending with his family since his youth. He did his ministry internship at ABBC Pasadena while getting his Master of Divinity. Upon graduation, he served in several churches in different capacities, but the Lord brought him back here in 2017. Vache has a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science and a Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology.
If you have any questions about the ministries at ABBC, here are the people to talk to...
Harut Avetisyan ( Chairman )
Nichan Der Artinian (chairman)
Children's Ministry : Hrag & Maria Mkhjian
Jr High & High School Ministry : Rev. Vache Sevajian
The Early Adult Ministry : Ara and Lilit Astourian
Sister's Ministry : Sossy Astourian