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Private bag, Malua Theological College, Apia, SAMOA
+685 42303
mtc@malua.edu.ws

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 Iosefa Uilelea FT
CCCS Chairman of the General Assembly
Lotofaga/ Lepā/ Aleipata
Rev Tunumoso Iosia FT
CCCS Vice Chairman of the General Assembly
Falealili/ Siumu/ Safata
Rev Makerusa Porotesano FT
      MDiv(Fuller), MA(Biola Uni), MTh(PTC)
Amerika
Rev Tinetali Gafa FT
Hawaii
Rev Malifa Malifa FT
      MTh(Sydney), BD(Otago), BA(Victoria)
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 Aila Patea FT
Vaimauga
Rev Siolo Tauati FT
     BD(PTC)
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

 

 

 

 

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 BA
Melanie Mercier
7
Gafatasimalo Foaga
Sapi Faasapilima
8
Galovale Vili Operu BCom
Punalei
9
Ioane Talasila*
Tuvale
10
Iuti Teruka***
 
11
Junior Sanerivi
Vaonila
12
Junior Saolotoga
 
13
Kereta Toomata
Kuini
14
Kulue Telala**
 
15
Lauina Tevaga Sofe
Veronika
16
Liaina Mauga
 
17
Makaili Matatia**
 
18
Malau Alasa**
 
19
Mareko Seuamuli Fasi Toma
 
20
Marini Jason Setefano
 
21
Patamo Soa
 
22
Petaia Junior Taufao
 
23
Pilikosi Pilikosi**
 
24
Poao Jr. Seti Laufiso
 
25
Pou’oa To’a
Olotauatia
26
Richard Taui**
 
27
Sapati Sapati
Sandra Olita
28
Tapito Sanerivi
 
29
Taualeoo Tusani
 
30
Taviuni Salele
 
31
Tepaula Vaega**
 
32
Teturunga Toaba***
 
33
Tuaovaigafa Lui Ale
Pa’i
34
Tui Paulo*
Mavaega
35
Viliamu Sialeipata Viliamu
 
 *  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga  Kelisiano Tokelau
**  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu
*** Scholarship students Kiribati Uniting Church

YEAR TWO

 

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
Falefiaoalii Ulugia
Agalelei
13
Frank Faatau
Akenese
14
Fred Laban
Beta
15
Lance Junior Tautiepa
Fiatamalii BSocWk
16
Lualua Manila
Peata
17
Maccarios F Malaefono
 
18
Nuutasi Fuiavailiili Neria
Helen
19
Peresia Muagututia
 
20
Samuelu John Ah Sam
 
21
Sebastian Tuifao
Faotui
22
Slam Opetaia Samuelu
 
23
Talia Iati
Lise
24
Vagatai Muaau
Silive
 

DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY

 

STUDENT

 
25
Elisara Isaako *
 
 *  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga  Kerisiano Tokelau

YEAR THREE

 
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
 
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
 
23
Shalom Pulu
 
24
Soloi Keilani
Tutogi
25
Solomona Tini
Josephine
26
Sonny Satiu
 
27
Sulufaiga Samasoni
Georgina
 
DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY
 
STUDENT
 
28
Lafoga Moelau *
 
 *  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga  Kerisiano Tokelau

YEAR FOUR

 

BACHELOR OF DIVINITY WITH HONOURS

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

1
Fa’afetai Koria BA
Jeddah BA
2
Hobert Sasa MScIS
Pepe
3
Laau Tanielu BAppTech
Faalaniga LLB
4
Limuaa Fu’e PGDipSSt
Kate BEd
5
Pelenato Liufau BA, MA
Susana BA
 

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

6
Apelu Isaia
Crystal
7
Collin Faletoese
Aifala
8
Fa’afoi Atonio
Tulaga
9
Fraser Tauaivale
 
10
Gaolo Elisara
Shirley
11
Joshua Leatigaga
Ataata
12
Maotua Upulasi
Olivia
13
Matthew Tagaloa
Valma BMus
14
Mika Su’esu’e
Taliilagi
15
Nepo Anae
Fuifui BA
16
Oata Leiataua
Tuafale
17
Otele Vaai
Rerepairere
18
Paul Mulitalo
 
19
Russell Ieremia
 
20
Sa Utaiaana
Silau
21
Vite Kalepo
Ferite
 

DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY

 

STUDENTS

WIVES

22
Falevaai Ah Kuoi
 
23
Filifili Malifa
 
24
Ioane Vaiao
 
25
Pio Galu **
 Taeamo
**  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

 

 
 
 
STUDENTS
(One-Year Programme)
WIVES
1
Rev Alo Pita (FS) BD
Milly
2
Rev Beretia Unnang3 BDHons
 
3
Dominic Taeleipu BSc, BDHons
 
4
Loia Fiu Kolia BArch, BDHons
Easterakesa
5
Tavita Reupena PGCertHM, BDHons
Logosau
6
Rev Teratabu Takaria3 BDHons
 
7
Rev To’osavili Tua (FS) BD
Epenesa
 
STUDENTS
(Two-Year Programme)
WIVES
8
Laveai F. Sene BTh
 
9
Niutuiatua Onesemo BTh
Cecilia
10
Paie Tapu Legalo BTh
 
11
Tafatolu Tapaleao1 BTh
 
12
Ronald Tuimauga2 BD
 
13
Rev Semikueva Su’a (FS) DipTh
Florence
1 Scholarship student EFKS/CCCS
2 Scholarship student EFKAS/CCCAS
3 Scholarship students Kiribati Uniting Church

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.
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