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Layman-at-large

Holding court in a pleasant Wilshire Boulevard restaurant in Los Angeles, Carl R. Terzian smiles broadly and quips, "I'm one of the few Armenian Lutherans in the world."

Terzian, 62, has been a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Hollywood, Calif., for 55 years. For half of those years he's been layman-at-large for this thriving congregation.

His "pulpit" is often a podium — he gives 200 inspirational speeches a year throughout the world as board chairman of Carl Terzian Associates, an L.A.-based public relations firm. His "outreach" is often in a restaurant or banquet hall, where he urges executives not to abandon their faith and values Monday through Saturday.


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