Rev. Deacon Mihran Hoplamazian, Ordained: December 10, 1995 Special Interest and Ministry: Dn. Mihran, our most senior deacon, serves as a mentor to the rest of our deacons and as an example of faith, wisdom and dedication to our entire parish. Dn. Mihran received the St. Nersess Shnorhali Medal, from Catholicos-Patriarch Karekin II, for his many years of faithful diaconal service to the Armenian Church.
Rev. Deacon Richard Norsigian, Ordained: December 10, 1995 Special Interest and Ministry: Dn. Richard currently serves as a Diocesan Delegate. He has served our parish for many years as a Parish Council Member and parish acolyte instructor.
Rev. Deacon Onnig Boyajian, Ordained: December 10, 1995 Special Interest and Ministry: Dn. Onnig fulfills the role of Proto-Deacon on a weekly basis. As such, he assists Fr. Garabed with the oversight and organization of all Liturgical Services at SJAC. Dn. Onnig often spends time visiting the sick and elderly in hospitals and currently leads a class of senior acolytes in poorvar (incensing) instruction.
Rev. Deacon Rubik Mailian, Ordained: May 1998 Special Interest and Ministry: Director of Sacred Music and Pastoral Assistant at St. John Armenian Church. A graduate of St. Nersess and St. Vladimir Seminaries. Deacon Mailian has presented many articles and lectures on the subject of Armenian Music especially history, practice and the performance of early Armenian Church Music in the Eastern and Western Diocese of Armenian Church in the United States and in Europe. His article about Armenian Neumes (Xazer) was published in "The Center of Spirituality East-West" of Michael Lacko in Kosice, Slovakia, periodical in February 2005. Deacon Mailian is an active member of American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, Sacred Music Council, and the Diocesan Liturgical Committee for the publication of new books.
Rev. Deacon Shahin Uzunjian, Ordained: September 10, 2006 Special Interest and Ministry: Ordained later in life, Dn. Shain is an inspiration to all that it is never too late to serve the Lord. Dn. Shahin travels monthly to Ann Arbor to offer the Mid-Day Hour Service for the Armenian mission parish there.
Rev. Deacon Steven Mangigian, Ordained: September 10, 2006 Special Interest and Ministry: Dn. Steve has served as a parish acolyte instructor and has participated several times at St. Nersess Seminary as an instructor in the Deacon's Training Program. He also travels with the Diocesan Director of Mission Parishes to assist in their Divine Liturgies.
Rev. Deacon Aram Gregory Sarkisian, Ordained: November 11, 2012 Special Interest and Ministry: Sdn. Aram is a 2008 graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor. He has traveled to Armenia as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and has served as a counselor for the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Summer Conferences.
Rev. Deacon Dr. David Aprahamian, Ordained: November 11, 2012 Special Interest and Ministry: Sdn. David is the current parish acolyte instructor for beginners and has served in many ways including as a Parish Council Member.
Sub-Deacon George Boyagian, Ordained: May 2014
Served 10 years plus with the Gomitas Choir in the Baritone section and various positions as a board member. Traveled to Jerusalem with Dn. Rubik to participate in the celebration service of 1500 years of Christianity. Participated with Women's Guild and Gomitas Choir bringing Christmas joy to the residents at Manaoogian Manor. Ordained a Subdeacon in May of 2014 and serves the holy altar for Badarak and other sacred services. Have chaired picnics and various Men's Society events and have served on Parish Council previously prior to the present term.
It truly is a uplifting experience to serve our Lord with the congregation every Sunday at Badarak.
Our Younger Sub-Deacons away at college (or in transition): Sub-Deacon Nicholas Mangigian