Mariet Shanazarian was born and raised in the Armenian Evangelical church of Iran. She is the daughter of Rev. Tadeos Michaelian. Mariet received her Master of Divinity from Near East School of Theology in Lebanon, and her Ph. D. in Educational Studies from Biola University. She is married to Hendrik Shanazarian and God has blessed them with 2 children Anna (22) and Tadeh (15). Mariet has been involved in the educational ministry of the church for more than 30 years. She enjoys walking, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.