Hendrik Shanazari, born in Tehran 1963, (Rev.) is an ordained minister of the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in Iran. At Present he is the pastor of the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical church in Glendale, Ca. He also helps the Christ Armenian Church in La Crescenta, California, as associate pastor. Hendrik is married to Mariet. They have two children Anna 16 and Tadeh (a boy) 9.
Hendrik was raised in a Christian family. His mother and maternal grandparents were dedicated Christians. At the age of 16 he had a personal encounter with the Lord in a youth camp. After that the church and his relationship with the Lord became an important aspect of his life. He was so active at the church that in 1981 the session of the Armenian Evangelical (Pres.) Church in Tehran invited him to join the church staff. He started his ministry as a youth leader, and Sunday School teacher. Gradually he got involved in many other church activities and ministries and served in different capacities.
After graduating from high school while serving at church, he enrolled at the Theological Education Program of the Synod of Evang. Pres. Church in Iran and after completing this program became one of the teachers of the same school. Because of Islamic Revolution in 1979, there was no possibility to leave the country for theological education and this school was the place where the leaders and the teachers of the Evang. Pres. church in Iran were being trained.
During his ministry at Armenian Evangelical Church the pastor of the Church the late Rev. Tadeos Mikaelian, had great impact on Hendrik’s life, faith and philosophy of ministry. As his mentor Rev. Mikaelian spiritually formed him as they daily interacted at the office, visitations, committee meeting and personal talks and discussions. (Rev. Mikaelain was a great reformed minister and teacher and a great witness of the Lord in Iran. He stood for his faith, justice and truths, which was not tolerated by fanatic Muslims and was shot to death in June 1994.)
From 1996-2000 He studied at the Near East School of Theology, together with his wife. Upon their return to Iran Hendrik was ordained for the ministry of the Word and Sacraments by the Synod of The Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in Iran and the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Church in the Near East.
From Dec. 2000 till July 2007, when he moved to the States, he was the executive secretary of the Synod of the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in Iran. The Synod traces its origin to the earliest days of Presbyterian mission activities, in the 19th century, and despite the difficult times in Iran, continues to be a faithful witness of the Lord. In addition to his leadership role with the synod, Hendrik was the pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Congregation in Tehran. In his position as the Executive director of the Synod of the ECI he represented the ECI in many regional and world ecumenical church meeting, such as Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC), Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), WARC and WCC. He was an executive committee member of WARC for three years 2004 -2007.
Hendrik holds a B.A. in Psychology from the Allameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran and MDiv. from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon.
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