Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan
St. David Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan was born on September 3, 1979, in Vedi, in the region of Ararat, Armenia. He graduated from the local high school in 1996, and subsequently studied at Vazkenian Seminary in Sevan (1996-1997) and Gyumri seminary (1997-2000), both in Armenia. From 2000-2006, he was a student at the Gevorkian Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
He was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Nerses Bozabalyan on February 23, 2006. On December 3, 2006, he was ordained into the holy order of priesthood by Bishop Anooshavan Jamgochyan in Holy Etchmiadzin and given the priestly name, Paren. From October 2006 to June 2007, he worked at the Chancellery of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
From July 2007 to October 2009, with the blessing of His Holiness Karekin II, he was assigned to serve in the Eastern Diocese. On October 29, 2009, he was assigned as the interim pastor of St. George Church of Waukegan, IL. He served the Waukegan parish as a pastor, and also served as the pastor of Holy Resurrection Church of South Milwaukee, WI. Also in 2009, Fr. Paren completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL. In February 2014, he was assigned to serve as the pastor of St. David Church of Boca Raton, FL.
Fr. Paren is married to Yn. Lusine Simonyan, and they are blessed with two sons, Grigor and Aren.