Our Parish

St John Armenian Church of San Francisco was founded in 1924. Our thriving parish, located near Twin Peaks, celebrates Divine Liturgy every Sundays at 10:30am. Join Us!

Church History

In the late 1910s there were only a few Armenians living in San Francisco.

Through the efforts of the late Mihran Serailian arrangements were made for Bishop Papken Guleserian to celebrate Divine Liturgy at Grace Cathedral. In time this was followed by a visit from the Primate of America, Bishop Dirayr Der Hovhannessian and Very Rev. Fr. Vartan Dz. V. Kasparian of Holy Trinity Church of Fresno.

The Parish Council

The Parish Council is the executive and administrative body of the community. The Parish Council is presided over by the spiritual pastor of the community who takes up the inner administrative affairs of the parish and is engaged in the realization of its administrative and financial activities. Members of the parish council are elected or appointed at the parish assembly.

Our Parish Priest

Fr. Mesrop Ash was born on June 12, 1981, to Ralph and Jeanine Ash. Through his parents' dedicated service he was raised within the community of St. James Armenian Church of Los Angeles. His formative years were devoted to Sunday School, Armenian Church Youth Organization, and the Western Diocese Summer Camp.


"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." – 1 Peter 4:10

Do you want to know what really keeps a church alive and prosperous? Many people would say that it is the pastor. The role of the pastor is extremely important. However, volunteerism is the lifeblood of any church.

Holy Etchmiadzin

The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is the preeminent center of authority in the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church. Located near the capital of Yerevan in the Republic of Armenia, it is composed of: