Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan was born on March 20, 1954. He received his primary education at Sumgait High School. In 1966, the Martirosyan family relocated to Yerevan. From 1966 to 1971, he studied at Yerevan’s 132nd Special School with a focus on Physics and Mathematics. Following that, from 1971 to 1972, he attended the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Yerevan K. Marx Polytechnic Institute (currently known as Yerevan State Engineering University).
Continuing his education, from 1972 to 1976, he studied at the Pedagogical Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages named after Brusov (currently known as the Brusov Linguistic University). His graduation work on the topic of art and morality in M. Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita” received a gold medal at the All-Union competition.
In August-November 1976, he taught Russian language and literature at a school in the village of Yeghegnut. In November 1976, he was conscripted into the Soviet Army. From 1978 to 1980, he worked as a leading specialist at the Ministry of Light Industry.
In 1980, he enrolled in the Gevorgian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. In 1983, on the feast day of Stepanos Nakhavki, he was ordained as a deacon (sargavag) by His Eminence Archbishop Nerses Pozapalyan. Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan is the author of three works and numerous articles.
He has been recognized with several awards, medals, and letters of thanks from the Republic of Armenia (RA) and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) for his productive activities. These include the title of “Hero of Artsakh” of the NKR with the “Voske Artsiv” Order, the RA Medal “For Services Contributed to the Motherland” of the second degree, the NKR Medal “Vachagan Barepasht,” the NKR Order of Grigor Lusavorich, the RA Prime Minister’s Commemorative Medal, the Medal of “Gratitude” from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, the Medal of “Marshal Baghramyan” from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, the Medal of “Andranik Ozanian” from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, and the “Garegin Nzhdeh” Medal from the RA Ministry of Defense. He serves as the honorary president of the Graduate Union of the State Linguistic University after Brusov and the Shotokan Karate Federation of Armenia.
In 2014, he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of the National Academy of Sciences. On January 21, 2021, Archbishop Pargev resigned as the Primate of the Artsakh Diocese to assume the position of Envoy for Special Assignments of Catholicos Garegin II.