St. Sarkis Armenian Church
Pastor: Rev. Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian
St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC, was consecrated on July 31, 2005.
The community built itself up from just a handful of families, and a few years after buying its property was blessed by the generosity of a benefactor from Easton, PA: Mr. Sarkis Acopian. Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis and Bobbye Acopian, from Easton, PA, pledged $2.25 million to build the new church in honor of Sarkis’ mother, Arax.
The Armenians in the Charlotte area first began to be called together when Lena Kupelian Neau arrived in the area in 1988. At that time there was no Armenian organization in the area.
She pulled out the phone book and started making phone calls to all the Armenians she could find. Pulling others into an organization, she was joined by people like Roland Telfayan; Arthur, Puzant, and Paul Yessayan; and Zaven Touloukian.
Dozens of these local community leaders, who gave so much of their time, energy, and financial resources to enliven the community, served as “godfamilies” of the church during its consecration.
Serving as “godfamilies” during the consecration of the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC, were:
– Pierre Arbajian
– Nely Avakyants
– Edward and Mary Anne Azarian
– Leon and Sonia Bagdasarian
– Olga Boloyan
– Raymond and Roberta Bozoian
– Charles and Betty Diman
– Paul, Dolores, and Donna Loutigian
– Sergey and Arevat Manucharova
– Gerard and Lena (Kupelian) Neau
– Hagop and Noelle Sarkissian
– Genrikh and Zhanna Shirazyan
– Roland and Marie Telfeyan
– Hagop and Zaven and Raye Touloukian
– Diane Gulkasian Tudor
– Ara and Sylvie, Arthur and Lynn, Paul and Sylva Yessayan