Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan

Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan

Fr. Martiros was born on August 7th 1978, in the city of Etchmiadzin, Armenia.

From 1985 to 1995, he studied at the local High School in the City of Etchmiadzin. Also, he studied piano at a musical college for seven years.

Starting from 1995 to 1998, he studied at the Seminary of Shirag, Armenia. From 1998 to 2004, he enrolled at the Gevorgyan Spiritual Theological Academy of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

On December 25, 2003, on the Feast of St. Stephen, Protodeacon and First Martyr, he was ordained a Deacon of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church by His Grace Bishop Sion Adamyan, Primate of the Diocese of Armavir, Armenia.

From 2004 to 2005, he served as a secretary deacon of His Holiness at the Catholicosate of Holy Etchmiadzin. During his ministry he actively participated in spiritual recordings and programs of Shoghagat TV, which is in Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.

In 2005, Fr. Martiros defended his thesis entitled, “University of Gladzor and Presentation of the Theses of Graduates.”

From 2005 to 2007, by the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Fr. Martiros had been appointed as the official host of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

On June 24th 2007, by the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, and by the hand of Archbishop Viken Aykazian, the President of The National Council of Churches of America, he was ordained into priesthood and given the name of “Father Martiros.”

From September to December 2007, he served as a celebrant priest at The Holy Trinity Church in Yerevan, Armenia, by the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop  Navasard  Ktshoyan, the Vicar of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese of Armenia.

On January 12, 2008, by the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Fr. Martiros was invited by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of America (Eastern) to continue his pastoral service within the Eastern Diocese.

From January 2008 to December 31, 2009, he was assigned to be a Pastoral Intern at the St. James Armenian Church in Watertown, MA. Also, he began studying the English language at New England School of English, which is located in Cambridge, MA.

From January 2, 2010, by the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of America (Eastern), Fr. Martiros has been appointed as the interim pastor at the St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

On December 10, 2010, Fr. Martiros He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Cleveland Clinic.

He as a member of Executive of the Eleanor Malbourg Eastern Churches Conference had regular meetings every month at Notre Dame College in Cleveland and at Byzantium Orthodox Church in Parma, Ohio. During this time, he also became a member of Hillcrest Clergy Association. He also has been celebrating the Divine Liturgy and Sacraments in the Armenian parish of Columbus, Ohio.

From September 1, 2011, by the blessings of  His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of America (Eastern), Fr. Martiros has been appointed as the pastor at the St. Kevork Armenian Church, Houston, Texas.

On May 21, 2016, Fr. Martiros received his Master ( Master of Art in Pastoral Studies) at St. Thomas University’s St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas.

On October 15, 2017, on the occasion of 10th Anniversary of Holy Priesthood, Fr. Hakobyan received the honor of wearing the Clerical Cross (Lanjakhach) from His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

Fr. Martiros is married to Yn. Hasmik Hakobyan, and they are blessed with a son named Jirair and a daughter named Nareh.