Reverend Joseph Garabedian
Reverend Joseph Garabedian was born in Beirut, Lebanon but moved to the United States at a young age. From very early on, he gravitated toward academics, he gravitated towards academics and serious spiritual discussions. His first church in the United States was the Armenian Presbyterian Church in Paramus, New Jersey. He would continue to keep in touch with that community after a family move to other Armenian Churches in the North Jersey area. In high school, after discerning a call to ministry at the age of seventeen, he continued with his college education and received his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from Rutgers University in 2002. After experiencing ministry in other Armenian contexts both in Lebanon and various locations in the United States, he came back to the Armenian Presbyterian Church in Paramus, New Jersey in the summer of 2013. That fall, he began a new spiritual journey as an in-care student of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America with the goal of pastoral licensure at the end of his studies for his Master of Divinity Degree. He started his degree in the Fall of 2013 at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, and he completed the MDiv. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts in May of 2016.
Rev. Joseph was ordained by the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA) into pastoral ministry on June 11, 2017 in the presence of fellow AEUNA ministers, family and friends. He is happily married to his wife Taline as of February 2013, and they have been blessed with a son who was born in July of 2014 named Garo.
Badveli Joseph’s heart is to see God’s Kingdom built in and through First Armenian Church, as followers of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, one relationship at a time. He has a heart for preaching, teaching, and prayer, and is excited to see Holy Spirit move and transform hearts and lives for Christ, both within First Armenian Church and the greater Boston area.