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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 summarises and captures the inherent and underpinning purpose of the College.

Discussions concerning the establishment of the College began in 1840, when the need for an educational institution to develop educated ministers became evident. Yet it was not until February 1844 that a 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 commonly known today. This location is situated approximately twenty kilometres west of the capital of Apia, and roughly the same distance east of the Faleolo International Airport.

Fale Iupeli (Jubilee Hall) was built and opened in 1897 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the College. This monumental building for worship became a permanent and notable feature of the College campus. However, after 116 years of service to the College and the CCCS, the building was dismantled in 2013, after the General Assembly’s Resolution to build a new Fale Iupeli. In November 2014, the College completed and dedicated its larger Chapel, now known as Iupeli II, which was constructed using material from the original Fale Iupeli. Iupeli II is the current centre of community worship that accommodates the MTC community including some of its neighbouring families.
Fale Senetenari (Centenary Hall) was built in 1944 to commemorate one hundred years since the College began. It still continues to cater for the College other activities.

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.
Interest grew towards the formation of a conference of all Pacific Churches in the region that eventually led to a meeting held in 1961 at Malua, of various church leaders from the Pacific region. The formation of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) resulted from this inaugural meeting, as well as the establishment of a regional theological institution. The Pacific Theological College (PTC) was then opened in Fiji in 1966, and since then has had a close relationship with Malua graduates who pursue further studies at PTC towards a Bachelor of Divinity or a Master of Theology degree. Since 1969, many of these PTC graduates have returned to Malua as lecturers at the College.
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 into 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 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, as 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 has become the responsibility of Rev. Prof. Otele Perelini. After extensive planning and organisation, the degree programme began in 1997. Also 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

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
6Brian AnaeLiuasi BA
7Esera Tufuga 
8Eucharist Fa’atau 
9Fiaalii MafuoloAlovale
10Filipi LeapaiUpolu
11Manase AfutitiUrita
12Matelili TautalagiaToeseanuupotopoto BA
13Michael PoutasiNevada
14Peoni S Lapana *Sela
15Sailimalo Uamalau 
16Semi SititiFuapepe BPsych
17Isaako Tunumoso 
18Laifaga Leulu LaifagaManutagi
19Laupama LefaoseuAnaett
20Lotufaamanatu MasoeEmma
21Malaeloa ToleafoaFa’asalu
22Maluapapa Niulesa 
23Shalom Pulu 
24Soloi KeilaniTutogi
25Solomona TiniJosephine
26Sonny Satiu 
27Sulufaiga SamasoniGeorgina
 
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 Galo **
 Taeamo
**  Scholarship student from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

 
 
 
STUDENTS
(One-Year Programme)
WIVES

1
Rev Beretia Unnang3 BDHons
 
2
Dominic Taeleipu BSc, BDHons
 
3
Lancelotte Alaimoana BN, BDHons
Naomi
4
Loia Fiu Kolia BArch, BDHons
Easterakesa
5
Peni Manila1 BEd, BDHons
Florence
6
Tavita Reupena PGCertHM, BDHons
Logosau
7
Rev Teratabu Takaria3 BDHons
 
8
Rev To’osavili Tua (FS) BD
Epenesa
 
STUDENTS
(Two-Year Programme)
WIVES

9
Laveai F. Sene BTh
 
10
Niutuiatua Onesemo BTh
Cecilia
11
Paie Tapu Legalo BTh
 
12
Tafatolu Tapaleao1 BTh
 
13
Ronald Tuimauga2 BD
 
14
Rev Semikueva Su’a (FS) DipTh
Florence
1 Scholarship students 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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