Thanks for checking out our church website. My name is Armen, and I’m the pastor of a precious family of God’s people here in Calgary.
The above is a very brief overview of my testimony that I gave shortly after I arrived in this city. One of the first things you will notice when you meet me is my accent. I’m not a native Calgarian. I was actually born in Scotland and raised in Northern Ireland. But, that raises more questions, right? Because my name isn’t Scottish at all, as I’m sure you can tell.
While my mother is from Northern Ireland, my father is an Iranian-Armenian, i.e. the family name and heritage is Armenian, but my father was raised in Iran. Since neither of my parents were Christians, I didn’t have much influence of the gospel growing up, and by the time I hit my teens I rejected the very existence of God, and served self and sin in the common spirit of the age.
However, in late 2001, I was brought face to face with the realities of the gospel when my mother was converted to Jesus Christ. In spite of my hardness, she won me to Christ through the power of believing prayer, and so the following year on 13 May 2002, I trusted Christ as Saviour. I was 19 years old.
Learning the power of prayer early in my Christian life, my future wife Melanie also came to know Christ two weeks later, being delivered from 10 years of teaching with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We served Christ in different ministries in Ballymoney Free Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland. I mainly engaged in open air and door to door evangelism, and Melanie helped in children’s work. We married in 2005, and we were later sent by the FPC Mission Board to cover vacant pulpits in Australia from 2007-2009.
Returning to Northern Ireland, I commenced training for the ministry, and was licensed by the Presbytery in September, 2014, shortly after which I received and accepted the call to be the pastor in Calgary Free Presbyterian Church, which I began at the end of January 2015.
Just a handful of people called me to pastor in Calgary, and we’re engaged in what can be likened to Nehemiah’s work, rebuilding the broken walls. Those walls are going up by the grace and help of God and I’d encourage you to be a part of it.
If you love Jesus Christ and the plain, expository preaching of the gospel, why not visit us? I’d love to meet you.
I have come to this beautiful city with a burden to help people. Not through programs, but by preaching the gospel. Join us this Sunday as we worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, and please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.
Yours joyfully in Jesus,