Fr. Emmanuel (Armen) Atajanyan was born in Erevan, Armenia in 1967. Having graduated from school he was admitted to the Engineering University in Erevan. From 1986 until 1988 served in the regular army as a sergeant.
In the summer of 1989 volunteer work in Gyumri (previously Leninakan), helping people in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Armenia the previous year.
In 1991 graduated from the Engineering University in Erevan. Parallel to engineering studies was prepared as a teacher of religion at a course organized by the Araratian Diocese of Erevan. During this period he has studied also spiritual music.
In June of 1992 came to the Holy City of Jerusalem as a student of the Theological Seminary of the Monastery of St. James. In December of 1992 was ordained a deacon in the Cathedral of St. James. In 1995 was graduated from the Seminary and was ordained a priest by His Beatitude Torkom II Manoogian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.
From 1997 to 2000 Fr. Emmanuel was the dean of the Theological Seminary. Currently he is a Member of Synod and Supreme Religious Court of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.