Under the auspices of His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, Very Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian has been sent to serve in the Eastern Prelacy. The Religious and Lay Councils of the Executive Council appointed Very Rev. Fr. Boghos the Pastor of All Saints Church in Glenview, Illinois. Next Sunday, February 20, His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, will present Fr. Boghos to the community and the newly appointed pastor will officiate his first Divine Liturgy.
Very Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian, whose lay name is Serge, was born in Aleppo on June 29, 1990. He received his elemental education at the Mekhitarist School of Aleppo and in the academic year 2003-2004 he enrolled at the Seminary of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia to further his studies, graduating in 2011. He was then appointed assistant to the Head Librarian of the “Cilicia” library of the Catholicosate. In 2012 he became student supervisor at the Seminary.
At the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, he moved to the United States to serve the Western Prelacy and continue his studies at the Fuller Theological Seminary. He was ordained Vartabed in July 2015.
Upon receiving the degree of Master of Arts in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, Fr. Boghos returned to the Catholicosate, where he taught Bible Greek and Hebrew as well History of Religion. In 2016-2020, he was appointed dean of the Seminary. At the same time, he was named secretary of the Religious Council of the Central Executive Committee of the Catholicosate, while also teaching Religion and Armenian Classical Literature at Levon and Sophia Hagopian College and the Unified School of Beirut. In April 2021 he was elevated to the rank of Dzayrakuyn Vartabed.
He has also been appointed representative of the Catholicosate to the committee for the theological dialogue of Catholic-Orthodox churches, as well as Armenian Church representative to the committee of the Bible Society of Lebanon and Syria.
We wish Fr. Boghos success in his new mission for the benefit of his parish, the honor of the Armenian Church and the glory of God. The Religious Council of the Prelacy appreciates the dedication of Rev. Fr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian, who served as Pastor for the last six month, attending to the spiritual needs of the parish.