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ABOUT US

History

On the 24th September 1844, Rev. George Turner and Rev. Charles Hardie of the London Missionary Society founded Malua Theological College. “For Jesus and His Church” became the vision of the College that continues today, a statement that encapsulates the intrinsic and unchanging nature of the College.

Discussions concerning the establishment of the College began in 1840 when the need for an educational institution that would provide educated ministers became  evident. But it was not until February 1844 that formal agreement was reached to establish such an institution. In September of the same year the College was officially founded. According to Turner, the College was established for the sole purpose of providing an educated minister for each congregation in Samoa and in other island communities of the Pacific.

A permanent site for the College was secured in the district of Saleimoa in an area known as Maluapapa or Malua, as it is now commonly called, situated approximately twelve miles west of the capital of Apia and about the same distance east of Faleolo International Airport.

The College offered its first courses on September 25, 1844, with twenty-five students, all single males aged between twelve and twenty-four years, attending. In 1846, married students and their wives were admitted to the College, and from then on, the education of student’s wives became an integral part of the College’s programme.

The admission to the College of students from other Pacific islands such as Vanuatu, Niue, the Loyalty Islands, and New Caledonia within ten years of its founding was another very significant development. Writing in 1869, Turner pointed out that after only twenty-five years since its beginning, about 1143 graduates, Samoans and other Pacific islanders had gone from the College to serve in the mission fields in Samoa and elsewhere, providing clear evidence that the College was in fact fulfilling the primary purpose for which it was established.

The Fale Iupeli (Jubilee  Hall), built to commemorate the College’s 50th anniversary was officially opened in 1897. This monumental building became a permanent and notable feature of the College campus. However, after 110 or more years of service to the College and the CCCS, the building was dismantled in 2013, after the General Assembly’s Resolution to build the new church building (O le Fale Iupeli). Noteworthy also is the Fale Senetenari (Centenary Hall), which was built to mark the 1944 celebration of the College’s one hundred years. It still continues to cater for the College other activities. In November 2014, the College dedicated its larger Chapel, now known as Iupeli II, which was constructed with, and using, most materials from the first Fale Iupeli.

The Iupeli II, large enough to accommodate MTC community, is the contemporary centre of community worship. During the first week of the 2017 General Assembly, the grand splendid new Fale Iupeli was officially dedicated. MTC uses it for its Graduations and other services from time to time.

Wide interest in the formation of a Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) led to a meeting held in the College in 1961 of various church leaders from around the Pacific region. In this meeting an initial agreement was reached not only in respect of the formation of the Pacific Conference of Churches, but also in respect of the establishment of a regional theological institution.

The Pacific Theological College (PTC), opened in Fiji in 1966, has had a close relationship with the Malua Theological College since then, mainly through College graduates who have graduated from the PTC with either a Bachelor of Divinity or a Master of Theology and have become lecturers at the College since 1969.

The academic standard of the College is reported to have been significantly raised by Dr. John Bradshaw when he was principal of the College from 1956 to 1963. Dr. Bradshaw not only introduced new subjects such as Psychology, Pastoral Counselling, Homiletics and Greek into the curriculum, but he also made English the teaching language for all subjects. Dr. Bradshaw’s efforts to upgrade the academic standard of the College further led him to prepare a number of students to acquire their Certificates of ‘Proficiency in Religious Knowledge’ from London University.

Rev. David Bowen, principal from 1964 to 1967, took the academic development of the College even further when he introduced Hebrew and Systematic Theology in the curriculum. In the effort to improve the College library, Rev. David Bowen was able to obtain from the Theological Education Fund (TEF) a number of books, which added significantly to the collection. His wife, Gerda, in 1964 founded the first of such early childhood institution in Samoa.

Upon the expiry of Rev. David Bowen’s term of office, the administration of the College was handed over to Samoan ministers who also were College graduates. The significance of this change of leadership for the Samoan people was profound. The change of leadership in 1967 was a signal that the College had come of age. Rev. Mila Sapolu was the first Samoan Principal of the College.

On the 24th of September 1994, the Congregational Christian Church Samoa commemorated with pride and thanksgiving one hundred and fifty years since the founding of the College. Reflecting on the events of the commemoration, a former
student of the College observed that the celebration ended with a clear
affirmation of the importance of theological education in Samoa, and the greater role that the College would play in it.

Indeed the essential nature of the College as inscribed in its vision shall remain, ‘For Jesus and His Church’, and there must be a continuing commitment to the progressive development of its academic programme as well.

By resolution of the General Assembly of the Church in May 1996, the proposal for the degree programme was given formal approval. The implementation of this programme became the responsibility of Rev. Prof. Otele Perelini. After extensive planning and organisation, the degree programme began in 1997.

The General Assembly of the Church in 2016 passed another important motion to teach in Malua the Master of Theology degree programme. It was the task of the Principal and Staff of Malua to prepare and implement that degree programme. In August 2021, Rev. Dr. Vaitusi Nofoaiga put forward to the Board of Malua a proposal of the structure, plan, and implementation of the Master of Theology programme to begin in 2022 and was accepted.

By the authority of the General Assembly of the Congregational Christian Church Samoa, the College is empowered to award diplomas and confer degrees as follows:

Diploma of Theology

Bachelor of Theology

Bachelor of Divinity with Honours

Master of Theology

Principals of the College (Since 1941)

Revd. Edwards

1941 – 1948, 1950 – 1952

Revd. White

1949

Revd. Hoadley

1953 – 1955

Revd. Dr. John Bradshaw

1956 – 1963

Revd. David Bowen

1964 – 1967

Revd. Mila Sapolu

1967 – 1971

Revd. Bert Williams

1972 – 1976

Revd. Masalosalo Sopoaga

1976 – 1979

Revd. Oka Fauolo

1979 – 1994

Revd. Professor Otele Perelini

1995 – 2010

Revd. Dr. Afereti S. Uili

2010 – 2015

Revd. Ma’afala Limā

2015 – 2021

Revd. Dr. Vaitusi Nofoaiga

2021 –

Board of Malua

This is the Executive and Advisory Body which oversees the management of MTC.  As a sub-Committee of the Elders’ Committee, the Board is thus under the authority of and accountable to the former, but with some degree of independent responsibility for the running of the College.

The functions of the Board include:

The implementation of all matters which, in its opinion, are conducive to and necessary for the development of the College; and

  • The appointment of the Vice-Principal of the College; and

  • The selection and appointment, or, if required the termination of the employment of lecturers of the College; and

  • The preparation of the annual budget for the College for submission to the Elders’ Committee for confirmation and presentation to the Finance Committee for action; and

  • In cases of urgent or unforeseen College financial requirements, the Board has the authority to refer them directly to the Finance Committee for appropriate action; and

  • The preparation and submission of reports on the Board’s own work to the Elders’ Committee, and through the latter to the General Assembly.

Membership of the Board includes the Officers of the Elders’ Committee, all members of the Ministerial sub-Committee (a sub-committee of the preceding body), the Officers of the CCCS General Assembly and the Principal of the College.

Rev Asotasi Gu Time FT

Chairman of the Board

Apia i Sasa’e

Rev Leaso Tupa’i FT

Secretary of the Board

Fa’asaleleaga

Rev Tunumoso Iosia FT

CCCS Chairman of the General Assembly

Falealili/ Siumu/ Safata

Vacant

CCCS Vice Chairman of the General Assembly

Rev Makerusa Porotesano FT         
     MDiv (Fuller), MA (Biola Uni), MTh (PTC)

Amerika

Rev Tinetali Gafa FT

Hawaii

Rev Isaako Patea FT

Niusauelese

Rev Simeona Taefu FT

Niusauelese i Sisifo

Rev Aviti Etuale FT

Vitoria

Rev Tauaaga Mataafa FT

Kuiniselani i Saute

Rev Lance Tautiepa FT

Kuiniselani

Rev Faleulu Malaulau FT

Niu Sila i Saute

Rev Fa’atulituli Setu FT

     MTh, BD (PTC)

Laumua o Aotearoa

Rev Va’aelua Patu FT

Manukau

Rev Pouniu Faamausili FT

Aukilani

Rev Pati Vili FT

Lotofaga/ Lepā/ Aleipata

Rev Aila Patea FT

Vaimauga

Rev Auva’a Peseta FT

Apia

Rev Misipalauni Faatau FT

Faleata

Rev Fili Matalavea FT

Malua

Rev Ailepata Leuta FT

A’ana

Rev Amuia Seuala FT

Itū o Tane

Rev Vāvātau Taufao

     MSc (Auckland), BSc (Adelaide)

CCCS General Secretary

Rev Melepone Isara

     MTh Distinction (PTC), BD(MTC), BA(USP)

CCCS Treasurer

Rev Dr Vaitusi Nofoaiga

     PhD, MTh Hons (Auckland), BD (MTC), BA (Victoria)

Principal of Malua Theological College

Students

YEAR ONE

[Updated list of Year One Students and Wives to be available in due course]

YEAR TWO

 

 [Academic programmes to be advised in due course]

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

1

Andrew Junior Fui Taotofi

Fagaiaava Louise

2

Benjamin Tuia

Ueligitone

3

Efi Aloaina

Vāvāō

4

Esera Iafeta Paulo

Mollynurra

5

Faafetai Alaifue

 

6

Faafouina Jr. Samuelu

Melanie Mercier

7

Gafatasimalo Foaga

Sapi Faasapilima

8

Galovale Vili Operu

Punalei

9

Ioane Talasila*

Tuvale

10

Falefiaoalii Ulugia

Agalelei

11

Junior Sanerivi

Vaonila

12

Junior Saolotoga

 

13

Kereta Toomata

Kuini

14

Lauina Tevaga Sofe

Veronika

15

Liaina Mauga

 

16

Mareko Seuamuli Fasi Toma

 

17

Marini Jason Setefano

 

18

Patamo Soa

 

19

Petaia Junior Taufao

 

20

Poao Jr. Seti Laufiso

 

21

Pou’oa To’a

Olotauatia

22

Sapati Sapati

Sandra Olita

23

Tapito Sanerivi

 

24

Taualeoo Tusani

 

25

Taviuni Salele

 

26

Tui Paulo*

Mavaega

27

Viliamu Sialeipata Viliamu

 

 *  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga  Kelisiano Tokelau

YEAR THREE

 

BACHELOR OF DIVINITY WITH HONOURS

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

1

Aperaamo Apelu BAgr

Lautasi BAgr

2

Aukuso Eneli Gasolo BSc

Luafata MEd

3

Caesar Utufua MstMariner

Norah

4

Kaleuati Tusi BEd

Faleulu BEd

5

Makesi Namulauulu BEng

Lauoi

6

Misioka Nicolas Tanielu BSc

Rossana BA

7

Spencer Eseese Leuta BCom

Faafou BCom

8

Viliamu Eletise Su’a BEd

Rosehill

9

Vincent Faaofo BCom

Matalaoa

 

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

10

Afasene Falana’i

Taufua

11

Alipapa Tuuau Malaga

Fofoaivaoese

12

Frank Faatau

Akenese

13

Fred Laban

Beta

14

Lance Junior Tautiepa

Fiatamalii BSocWk

15

Lualua Manila

Peata

16

Maccarios F Malaefono

 

17

Nuutasi Fuiavailiili Neria

Helen

18

Peresia Muagututia

 

19

Samuelu John Ah Sam

 

20

Sebastian Tuifao

Faotui

21

Slam Opetaia Samuelu

 

22

Talia Iati

Lise

23

Vagatai Muaau

Silive

 

DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY

 

STUDENT

 

24

Elisara Isaako *

 

 *  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga  Kerisiano Tokelau

YEAR FOUR

 

BACHELOR OF DIVINITY WITH HONOURS

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

1

Alexander Pelesala BBus

 

2

Elise Fuimaono BTh

 

3

Saleaula Reti BEd

Moevasa BA

4

Taumaloto Salevao BSc

Josephine

5

Va’afuti Alauni BE

Agneta Catherine

 

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

6

Brian Anae

Liuasi BA

7

Esera Tufuga

Malaefou

8

Eucharist Fa’atau

 

9

Fiaalii Mafuolo

Alovale

10

Filipi Leapai

Upolu

11

Manase Afutiti

Urita

12

Matelili Tautalagia

Toeseanuupotopoto BA

13

Michael Poutasi

Nevada

14

Peoni S Lapana *

Sela

15

Sailimalo Uamalau

 

16

Semi Sititi

Fuapepe BPsych

17

Isaako Tunumoso

 

18

Laifaga Leulu Laifaga

Manutagi

19

Laupama Lefaoseu

Anaett

20

Lotufaamanatu Masoe

Emma

21

Malaeloa Toleafoa

Fa’asalu

22

Maluapapa Niulesa

Mary-Anne

23

Shalom Pulu

 

24

Soloi Keilani

Tutogi

25

Solomona Tini

Josephine

26

Sonny Satiu

 

27

Sulufaiga Samasoni

Georgina

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

 

 

 

STUDENTS
(One-Year Programme/ Final Year of Two-Year Programme)

WIVES

1

Fa’afetai Koria1 BD Hons, BA

Jeddah BA

2

Hobert Sasa1 BD Hons, MScIS

Pepe

3

Laveai F. Sene BTh

 

4

Niutuiatua Onesemo BTh

Cecilia

5

Paie Tapu Legalo BTh

 

6

Tafatolu Tapaleao1 BTh

A’aone

7

Ronald Tuimauga2 BD

 

8

Rev Semikueva Su’a (FS) DipTh

Florence

 

STUDENTS
(Two-Year Programme)

WIVES

9

Fraser Tauaivale1 BTh

 Julie

 

 

 

1 Scholarship students EFKS/CCCS

2 Scholarship student EFKAS/CCCAS

Student Association

All resident students and their wives are members of the MTC Student Association presided over by a President and a Secretary, elected annually by the Principal and members of the Faculty. The Association’s main objective is to build positive mutual relationships for the spiritual, academic and general welfare of its members. 

The student association provides an avenue for all students and wives to discuss and address issues for improvement on student welfare issues. It also provides social and leisure activities for the student body and community.

Accordingly, the Association through its officers can communicate at any time and make suggestions to the Principal and/or Faculty concerning the welfare and interests of the student body.