Our History

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The Glendale Armenian Church of the Nazarene is the first Armenian Evangelical Nazarene Church to be founded in the United States.

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          The Church of the Nazarene traces its anniversary date to 1908.

          Its organization was a marriage that, like every marriage, linked existing families and created a new one.

          As an expression of the holiness movement and its emphasis on the sanctified life, our founders came together to form one people. Utilizing evangelism, compassionate ministries, and education, their church went forth to become a people of many cultures and tongues.

         

          The Glendale Armenian Church of the Nazarene was founded in 1979 and the first official worship service took place on July 29, 1979. Rev. Habib Alajaji was the founding pastor who led the Church for the first twenty-five years after its inception.

          In December of 2004, the Lord directed Rev. Alajaji to pass the reins of His growing church to the next generation. 

          After much prayer and meditation, the Lord directed the steps of an energetic, spirit-filled, and musically talented young pastor, Rev. Hrag Karagoezian, to lead His active congregation.

          There were 76 people present at the first meeting. Today the average attendance at the Sunday morning service has more than tripled and by His Grace continues to grow.

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          The Glendale Armenian Church of the Nazarene is the first Armenian Evangelical Nazarene Church to be founded in the United States.

          At present there are three more Churches in California: One in Pasadena, one in Northridge and one in Toronto, Canada. 

          We would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to you and an invitation to come worship the Lord with us. In addition to the Sunday Armenian and English worship services, we have Sunday School for all ages, mid-week Bible studies, Youth meetings, and a growing number of other activities such as VBS, Summer Family Camp, Winter Youth Camp, Couples’ activities and more. You will find more information about each of these on our website.