Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region
104 North Belmont Street, Suite 200
Glendale, California 91206
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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2012
Contact: William Bairamian
REV. MATOSSIAN TO RECEIVE KHRIMIAN HAYRIG AWARD AT ANCA-WR BANQUET
GLENDALE – The ANCA-Western Region announced today that Reverend
Joseph D. Matossian will be honored with its Khrimian Hayrig Award at
this year’s Annual Banquet on October 28 at the Beverly Hilton in
Beverly Hills, California. The award is given by the ANCA-WR to
clerical figures who have devoted their lives to the Armenian nation,
in the spirit of the award’s inimitable namesake.
“To be recognized for my service is an honor for which I am grateful
to the ANCA-WR. Through our collective, steadfast pursuit of a better
and just life for our community, I have no doubt that we will be
successful,” said Rev. Matossian.
A man of great conviction, Rev. Matossian has served his people
through his church for over four decades. He was the senior pastor of the Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church in Pasadena, California, where he was one of the founding members. From 1994 to 2004, he was the senior
pastor at Emmanuel Armenian Congregational Church in Downey,
California, where he served for almost 23 years. In 2004, he was
elected to serve as Minister to the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA) for a four year term and was then reelected in 2008.
A founding board member of the Armenian Bible College, Sahag Mesrob
Armenian Christian School, and the Armenian Gospel Mission (AGM), Rev.
Matossian’s lifelong commitment to education and to helping families
in need cannot be underestimated. In addition to the myriad
responsibilities he has selflessly undertaken, Rev. Matossian also
serves on the Corporate Board of Armenia Fund, Inc. of Southern
“The Khrimian Hayrig Award represents an acknowledgment of exemplary
service and devotion to the Armenian people as a religious leader.
Rev. Matossian personifies this special type of service and devotion
and has done so throughout his life,” said ANCA-WR Co-Chair Nora
Hovsepian. “We are happy to be honoring such a deserving individual
with this award.”
The 2012 ANCA-WR Annual Banquet is the premiere gathering for Armenian
American political leaders and activists, will take place on Sunday,
October 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. To reserve seats, visit ancawr.org/banquet. For all other inquiries, please call 818-533-8587.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the
largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy
organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination
with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the
Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country,
the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community
on a broad range of issues.