Rev. Fr. Tavit Boyajian
Sts. Joachim and Anne Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Tavit Boyajian was born in Philadelphia in 1963. He was baptized at Sts. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church and graduated from its Sunday School. He was active in the ACYOA Juniors and basketball programs.
In 1985, he graduated from Millersville University, double majoring in philosophy and psychology. From 1985-1986 he worked with emotionally disturbed children in residential treatment settings in the Chicago area.
In 1987, he entered St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. He completed a chaplaincy program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1990 and was employed for a time as a chaplain at Northwestern Memorial. While continuing his education, he worked as an administrative assistant and editor of the Department of Religious Education bulletin at the Eastern Diocese, as well as an administrative assistant to the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).
Fr. Tavit graduated from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary with a degree in Armenian Studies in 1991. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary.
In 1991, Fr. Tavit went to the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of St. James in Jerusalem to continue his studies. In June 1992, he worked as the youth director at Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church in Wynnewood, PA, while continuing studies under the tutelage of the late Fr. Haigazoun Melkonian.
In June 1992, Fr. Tavit was ordained as a deacon. On March 15, 1993, he was ordained as a priest by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.
From 1993 to 1994, he served as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Greenfield, WI. In January 1995, he began serving as pastor of Sts. Joachim and Anne Church in Palos Heights, IL.
Fr. Tavit has served on numerous committees, including the Nominating Committee; the Proposals Committee; as chairman and secretary for the Midwest Armenian Clergy; the Yegmalian Instructional Tutorial Committee of the Association of Armenian Church Choirs; and as assembly chairman for the AACCA. Fr. Tavit has also been an instructor at the St. Nersess Summer Programs and has taught at Hye Camp for seven years.
Fr. Tavit and Yn. Tirouhe have three children, Gregory, Peter, and Michael.