A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian


“…I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”

-Acts 26:19

He was not!

People, young and old, famous or ordinary, dear or distanced, pass away every moment on this planet called Earth.

People hear, read, listen, nod and go on with their lives.

The passing of only a few later raises the question, “do you remember that moment?”

That moment belongs to a few.

A few great men. John F. Kennedy! Martin Luther King!

Visiting Etchmiadzin. At the Veharan with AMAA Group, 1998, 80th Anniversary of AMAA.

I was in my second floor office on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, CA mid-morning on September 25, 2000, when the editor of AIM Magazine, Salpi Ghazarian, rushed to my office with the shocking news of the passing of Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian in Paramus, NJ. The sad news had passed through the ROA Ambassador at the United Nations in New York, Movses Abelian.

Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian was one of those great men, “whose moment I remember.”

Today, as we mark the 20th anniversary of his passing, we praise God for the life of a visionary man who was sent by God to be in the right place at the right time, and who, like the biblical Moses, led the Armenian Missionary Association (AMAA) to the Homeland.

A lot has changed in the Homeland since 1988 and a lot has changed in the structure and dynamism of AMAA’s presence and mission in Armenia and Artsakh.

But the rock in the foundation of that presence is the fruit of Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian’s vision.

Today is the 20th anniversary of his passing.

Gazing at the Mediterranean Sea in Greece.


Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO
September 25, 2020