Andrew Torigian–President of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) announced the appointment of the Rev. Jirair M. Sogomian as its new Executive Director. At present the Pastor of the Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church of Havertown–Pennsylvania–the Rev. Sogomian will assume his new post by April 21–2001. However–a transitional period of engagement will commence immediately to help assure a smooth assumption of duties.
The position of AMAA Executive Director had been vacant since the untimely and premature death of Rev. Dr. Movses B. Janbazaian on September 25–2000. During his directorship of thirteen years–the AMAA experienced significant increases in worldwide missions outreach and financial strength.
Jirair Sogomian has been Pastor of the Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church since August 1990. Previous ministries within the Armenian Evangelical Union include the congregational churches of Troy–New York (where he was ordained); Southfield–Michigan; and Downey–California. He was also Pastor of two non-Armenian parishes of the United Church of Christ in South Windsor–Connecticut–and Simi Valley–California.
During 1975–and beyond the outbreak of the civil war in Beirut–Lebanon–the Rev. Sogomian was Chaplain and Professor of Religion at Haigazian College. Born in Alexandria–Egypt–Jirair Sogomian studied at Haigazian and transferred to the American University of Beirut and the Near East School of Theology. Receiving his BA at Milligan College–Tennessee in 1963–he continued his theological studies at Hartford Seminary–Connecticut–from which he received his M. Div. in 1965.
Multi-lingual and known from his exceptional ability to preach and teach the Gospel of Christ–Rev. Sogomian is equally recognized for goal-oriented administrative skills and organizational leadership.