Khachig Vartanian (an orphan from Sassoun) graduated from the theological seminary at Harput in 1890.
He was ordained in 1903 and became the pastor of the Bitlis church until 1915.
He was arrested on June 23, 1915, on his way to the vali (governor) to intervene on behalf of a group of refugees.
He was killed the following week.
(Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections)