St Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church is the oldest Armenian Church in Connecticut and the second oldest prelacy church in the country - With construction overseen by the founding members and building committee members Avedis Atashian, Amrah Bayramian, Giragos Hagopian, George Kevorkian, Karekin Kevorkian, Yervand Papasian, and Aharon Parparian, St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church was Consecrated in New Britain, Connecticut in May 1926.
This "Altar of Light", as it was called in 1975 by then Pastor Reverend Sahag Andekian, was built through "Self-giving, Sacrificial efforts so that you, their children, may grow in the Armenian spirit and with the Armenian language.
The Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church is affiliated with and under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia, located in Antelias, Lebanon. His Holiness Aram I is the Catholicos of the See of Cilicia. The Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy is His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian.
The Prelacy office located in New York City since 1958 is responsible for a continuing program of community-wide activities: religious, educational, cultural, and social. In addition, the Prelacy has expanded its mission in Armenia where it currently sponsors many religious, educational, and charitable endeavors.
The Eastern Prelacy extends from the East Coast to the Mississippi to the Atlantic Ocean, with the demographic center located in the North East and the Armenian population is concentrated most heavily in the U.S. Megalopolis (New England to the District of Columbia) Area.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian
Rev. Fr. Dr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian was born into a family of faith in Beirut, Lebanon in 1961. His grandfather, Der Mikael Kouyoumdjian and uncle, Der Nishan Kouyoumdjian were both priests serving in the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is a graduate of Hovagimian-Manougian High School and Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian moved to the United States in 1990 and On June 27, 1993 he was ordained as a Deacon at St. Illuminator's Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, NY, NY by His Eminence Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory, and has since been serving the altar in the Armenian Church as a deacon, particularly at St. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church in Ridgefield, NJ, where he was ordained to the holy order of priesthood on February 8-9, 2019, by Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian.
Rev. Fr. Vahan is happily married to Yn. Maggie Tekeyan Kouyoumdjian (since 1995) and are blessed with three children, Aram, Anoosh and Nishan.