THOUSAND OAKS–Under the direction of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Armenian Apostolic Church of Ventura County was formed in June 2007. On October 27, 2007 the church celebrated its first Diving Liturgy. More than 150 faithful attended the inaugural Badarak and afterwards they enjoyed mingling with one another at the fellowship meal.
On February 24 the Archbishop led the ordination of two Deacons and six Acolytes from the community. After the ordination ceremony, a banquet took place honoring the Archbishop and the newly ordained servants of the Church.
Under the leadership of Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, the congregation continues to hold services the third Sunday of every month at 12 Noon. Church Services are held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at One Church Road in Thousand Oaks, California. The Church is pleased to announce that it has a growing Sunday-School program (for K-8th graders) led by a dedicated group of volunteer teachers. Additionally, there is an active Ladies Society, and a Nursery for those with infants and toddlers.
The next Church service will be held on April 20, after which a special presentation will take place in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide by prominent filmmaker Dr. J. Michael Hagopian. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Members of the community are invited to visit the Church and get involved in any capacity that they can. If you have any questions feel free to contact Fr. Hovel Ohanyan at 818-645-5662 or parish council member Dr. Razmig Krumian at 818-889-4869.