Rev. Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian

Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian was born on June 6, 1983, in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the son of Drs. Stephen and Janet Rith-Najarian. In 1988, his family moved to Bemidji, MN.

In 2001, he graduated from Bemidji High School and began his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He majored in Natural Science with a focus in biology, as well as receiving a minor in theology.

After graduation from St. John’s University in May 2005, Fr. Samuel applied to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. In addition to his graduate studies at St. Nersess Seminary, Fr. Samuel returned to St. John’s University School of Theology to obtain his Master of Divinity degree.

In the Spring of 2010, Fr. Samuel continued his Armenian and Liturgical Studies in Damascus, Syria, under the guidance of Bishop Armash Nalbandian.

Fr. Samuel graduated from both St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and St. John’s School of Theology in May 2010. Two weeks later, on June 5, 2010, Benjamin married his beloved wife Yn. Danielle DerAsadourian in the St. Nersess Chapel.

In September 2010, the newly married couple travelled to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem where Fr. Samuel (then as a deacon) continued to prepare for the priesthood and Yn. Danielle taught at the Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School.

From 2011-2013, Fr. Samuel served as a pastoral intern to Fr. Diran Bohajian at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, N.J.

In August 2013, Fr. Samuel was assigned as pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Charlotte. Ordained to the holy priesthood by His Eminence Abp. Khajag Barsamian on Dec. 7, 2014, serving as the pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian church to the present.

In addition to his service in the Church, Fr. Samuel is an avid fisherman (trout and bass in particular), and enjoys other outdoor activities and sports, especially hiking, gardening, and baseball.
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