Born in Armenia in 1983, Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian graduated from the Armenian Theological Seminary of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia and was ordained a celibate priest in May 2006. He served the Catholicosate in a number of duties including director of the Archives, director of the Youth Department, lecturer at the Theological Seminary, and pastor of the Armenian community of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Hayr Sahag relocated to the United States in 2013 to serve the Eastern Prelacy and was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, until his recent appointment to New Jersey. During his service to Holy Trinity Church, he continued his higher education at Boston College and graduated with distinction in May 2018 with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Ministry. Hayr Sourp presented and successfully defended his thesis, “The Holy Spirit in the Hymns of Pentecost in the Armenian Church Liturgy.” In 2010 he received the rank of vartabed and in 2016 he was elevated to the rank of Dzayrakooyn Vartabed (Archimandrite Superior). In 2017 he was elected to the Prelacy’s Religious Council and last year he was appointed to serve as Vicar General of the Prelacy, a position he will continue to serve.