Our Pastor

Reverend Dr. AVEDIS BOYNERIAN and his wife Dr. ARPI PAMBOUKIAN (Ophthalmologist) met in Homs, Syria, Arpi’s hometown, and got married in September 1988 in the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church, Aleppo, Syria. They have two boys, ANTRANIG (born October 1998) and AREK (born September 2000), and they reside in Belmont, MA.

Before assuming the position of Senior Minister of the Armenian Memorial (Congregational) Church in October 2003, he served as the Minister to the Armenian Evangelical Martyrs’ Church of Aleppo, Syria (July 1987 – September 2003) and served also as part-time Youth Worker of the Christian Endeavor Youth Society of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in Syria (1990 – 94).

He graduated from the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachusetts, USA (Doctor of Ministry, May 2011), Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon (Sacred Masters in Theology in Ministry, June 2001), Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA (Masters in Theology in Practical Theology, June 1987), Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon (Masters in Divinity, June 1986) and Haigazian College (now University, Bachelor of Arts, Arm. Literature and Psychology, Beirut, Lebanon, June 1983).

He was ordained by the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE), December 1990, and has a standing with the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA), 2003, and United Church of Christ (UCC), 2003.

During his 16 years of ministry in the Armenian Evangelical Martyrs’ Church of Aleppo, Syria, he has served on many committees and boards of UAECNE, e. g. Central Committee, Ordination, Constitution and By-Laws, and 1700th Anniversary of the Christianization of Armenia. He was a member on the Armenian Evangelical World Council, Board of Directors of Near East School of Theology and Aleppo College.

He participated in the 8th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Harare, Zimbabwe (December 1998) and was elected on the Central Committee, WCC, Commission World Mission and Evangelism, WCC (1999-2006), and Conference Planning Committee of the Commission World Mission and Evangelism, WCC (2001-06).

He was elected to serve as the Vice-President and later President of the Armenian Protestant Community in Syria (1998-2004), and was the President of the Religious Tribunal of the Armenian Protestant Community in Syria (1998-2004).

He has served on the Ministry Committee of AEUNA (2004-2008), Moderator (2008-10) and as Vice-Moderator served as the Chair of the Personnel Committee of AEUNA (2014-16). He also served as the President of the Watertown Ministerial Association (2006-08), and broadcasts Armenian sermons on Armenian Independent Radio, Boston since 2004.

He co-authored the book Receive One Another – Hospitality in Ecumenical Perspective (2005). He is a co-founder of Arevig, the first Armenian Differently Abled Daily School for Children, Aleppo, Syria 2000.

He has led training seminars for Sunday school teachers, Junior and Youth leaders in Lebanon, Armenia and Syria; and has published an article “History of the Armenian Evangelical Church,” International Review of Mission, WCC (January 2000), and has numerous sermons and articles in the UAECNE bimonthly magazine Tchanasser and Badanegan Artsagank.

He played soccer with Homenetmen, a first division Armenian soccer team in Beirut (1977 – 81). Presently he co-coaches the Belmont 2nd Soccer Team. He likes to listen to classical and jazz music (favorite composers are Gomitas and Bach, and favorite singer is Charles Aznavour). He also enjoys watching professional soccer matches, and spends time with his wife and his children. He speaks Armenian, Arabic and English.