Rev. Armen Thomassian is the senior minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church. After ministering in Calgary, Alberta, for four years, he was installed as minister of Faith on January 4, 2019.
Born in Scotland and raised in Northern Ireland, Rev. Armen Thomassian was delivered from the folly of atheism and brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 19. He was sent to Australia in 2007 by the Mission Board of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster to supply pulpits in South Australia and Tasmania. He returned in 2009 to commence training for the ministry, graduating in 2014. A few weeks later he received and subsequently accepted a call from across the Atlantic to Calgary Free Presbyterian Church and commenced his ministry there in January 2015.
After ministering in Calgary for four years, he was installed as minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in January 2019.
Forming the spiritual oversight of the congregation with Rev. Thomassian is Bruce Byers, Brad Carper, Ed Dunbar, Tim Farr, Gail Gingery (emeritus), Charles Koelsch, Steven Lee, Paul Overly, and Byron Verdin.
Chris Barnes, Don Barrett, Randy Habegger, Larry Killian, Chad Knutson, John Matzko, and Mark Sidwell.
Dr. Alan Cairns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was saved as a boy in the Salvation Army. He became a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster almost from its inception and was called by the Lord to minister in the denomination. After his graduation from the Theological Hall of the Free Church, he pastored churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney. While ministering in Ulster, Dr. Cairns was instrumental in establishing and producing the Let the Bible Speak radio program, a ministry with worldwide influence. He also served as the professor of Systematic Theology in the theological seminary for the Ulster denomination. When he assumed the pastorate of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, he continued both his radio and teaching ministries. It was under his direction that the training of preachers for the North American ministry of the FPC commenced in 1982. Geneva Reformed Seminary exists because of his vision and tireless labors. His radio ministry continues to be blessed as the North American version of Let the Bible Speak is reaching a vast area. Many of his sermon series have been adapted and published in book form, and his Dictionary of Theological Terms has received a wide circulation.
He and his wife, Joan, have a son who is married and retired from the U.S. Army.
Dr. Cairns now resides in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.