Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham M. Malkhasyan
Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham Malkhasyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, where he attended secondary school before enrolling at the Sts. James Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1992.
In 1994 he returned to Armenia and continued his studies at the Seminary of Gyumri. He has also studied at the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin, and at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India, where he received a degree in translation and teaching.
He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Sion Adamyan at Holy Etchmiadzin on December 25, 2003, the Feast of St. Stephan. As a deacon, he assisted in parishes in Yerevan, Arinj, Bjni, and Etchmiadzin.
From 2004 to 2005, he was assigned to work in the Karekin I Armenological and Theological Center as an assistant to the director. Between 2005 and 2006, he taught Armenian Church music and worked as an assistant secretary to the dean of the Vaskenian Theological Seminary of Sevan.
In 2006, by the order of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, he traveled abroad to study at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He graduated in 2009, earning a master's in theology. While studying in Minnesota he was involved in the pastoral life of the Armenian community at St. Sahag Church.
In December 2009, he returned to Holy Etchmiadzin, where he worked in the Internet Department as an assistant-secretary and as a translator for Etchmiadzin's website. He also taught Biblical Studies at the Vaskenian Seminary.
Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop Hovagim Manougyan on August 29, 2010. Following his ordination, he served at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan.
On June 1, 2011, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, and at the invitation of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, Fr. Malkhasyan arrived in the United States to serve in the Eastern Diocese. He was assigned by Archbishop Barsamian to complete his pastoral internship at St. Hagop Church of Pinellas Park, FL, and to serve as a visiting priest at Soorp Haroutiun Church of Orlando, FL. Fr. Malkhasyan completed the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. Upon the completion of his internship, Fr. Malkhasyan began serving as pastor of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside, NY.
On May 7, 2020, Fr. Abraham successfully defended his dissertation and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fordham University. Currently, Fr. Abraham teaches Theology at St. John's University, as an Adjunct Professor of Theology (Department of Theology and Religious Studies).
On October 18, 2020, H.G. Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, presented Fr. Dr. Abraham Malkhasyan with a Pectoral Cross in honor of the 10th Anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood.
Fr. Abraham is an active member of the Knights of Vartan, and of the "Phi Kappa Phi" honor society, since March 6, 2018. He is an active member of the Interfaith Council of the Campus Ministry at St. John's University, since September 1, 2022. Fr. Abraham is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Scientific Artsakh." He revies the articles that relate to the scope of his scientific interests, presents statements on topical issues of theology in the journal and estublishes partnerships with the Scientific Research Institute "Artsakh" for the benefit of the development of science in Armenia and Artsakh.
Fr. Malkhasyan is married to Karine Malkhasyan (Serobyan), and they have two daughters Evelina and Mariam and a son Armen.