Pastor Joseph Garabedian
Pastor 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. Having started out in the Fall of 2013 at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, he is now working on his Master’s at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Pastor Joseph 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. We pray for the continued fruitful ministry of this young family as we await the completion of Pastor Joseph’s degree and hope for his ordination into full-time ministry.