Rev. Fr. Aved Terzian
Our Savior Armenian Church
Fr. Aved Terzian was born with the name Onnig in Istanbul, Turkey, where he attended primary and secondary schools. At age 14, he enrolled in the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, graduating in 1974. In 1975, he came to the United States to continue his education at Concordia College in Westchester, NY. In conjunction with his courses at Concordia, Fr. Aved enrolled as a part-time, undergraduate student at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary. During his college years, he was assigned to the then-Armenian Church of Westchester. He served as Sunday School superintendent, Armenian School teacher, and an altar server.
Upon his graduation from Concordia College in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, Fr. Aved enrolled at General Theological Seminary in New York, where he studied for a Master of Divinity degree. That same year he was named deacon-in-charge of the Armenian Church of Northern Westchester, where he conducted Sunday morning worship services and assisted in youth programs.
During that time, he was appointed director of the Avak (senior citizens) Group at St. Vartan Cathedral. He regularly spent Sunday mornings at the cathedral, serving as deacon, and participated in the cathedral's chaplaincy program until his graduation from seminary in 1982.
On July 21 and 22, 1984, Fr. Aved was ordained a priest by Archbishop Torkom Manoogian at the Church of Our Saviour in Worcester, MA. Following his ordination, Fr. Aved was assigned to serve as pastor at the Church of Our Saviour, where he continues to serve today.
Fr. Aved is married to Yn. Vivian. They have two sons, Onnig and Raffi.