The Right Rev. Dr Vahan Hovhanessian
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Born into a faithful Armenian Orthodox family in Baghdad, Iraq, Bishop Vahan has since his childhood years been involved in the life of the church and her ministry as acolyte. Following his graduation from the University of Baghdad as an Electrical Engineer, Bishop Vahan decided to commit himself to the Lord through the sacred ministry of priesthood in the Armenian Orthodox Church. His first step was to join the St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary while continuing his studies in the Armenian Church theology and liturgy at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. Upon graduation from the two seminaries he was ordained priest by His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, alumnus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and joined the monastic brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadsin. The newly ordained Fr. Vahan continued his academic research pursuing the MPhil and ultimately PhD in the New Testament/Biblical Studies at Fordham University. At he same time he continued teaching at St. Nersess Seminary and other colleges and universities in the New York/New Jersey area and published several articles in Arabic, Armenian and English. In 1996 he received the ecclesiastical rank of Archimendrite (vardapet) and ten years later he was bestowed upon the title Senior Archimendrite (Dzayragouyn vardapet). In 2010 he was consecrated Bishop and appointed as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of the UK and Ireland. Bishop Vahan has books, chapters in books, articles, and encyclopedic entries in the field of the Bible with a special focus on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and the Canon of the Bible, in the Armenian, English and French languages.