Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan
St. James Armenian Church
Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan was born with the name Leon in Yerevan, Armenia. Pursuing a career in music, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan and the Maimonides State Conservatory of Moscow. During his professional career, he was a member of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, and the Moscow Modern Music Ensemble, and has taught at the Yerevan conservatory and the Spendiarov School of Music.
In 1999, Fr. Hovhan moved with his family to the United States and settled in Washington, DC, where he attended St. Mary Church. He served for many years as an organist and conductor and founded the church's Narek Bell Choir in 2000. He also served on the Diocese's Sacred Music Council, and for four years led its Boyajian Choir Leadership Development Program for young choir members.
At the encouragement of Archbishop Barsamian, he began taking courses at Catholic University of America in Washington, and in 2008 he enrolled at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY. He was ordained to the diaconate in August 2008, and graduated from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in May 2010.
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan was ordained to the holy priesthood in July 2010 by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, at St. Mary Church of Washington, DC. On January 1, 2011, he began serving as the pastor of St. James Church of Evanston, IL, where he still serves today.
Fr. Hovhan and his wife Narine have two children, Tatevik and Alexander.