Faculty

Faculty

Vaitusi Nofoaiga FS

PRINCIPAL OF MALUA
HOD New Testament
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Makesi Neemia FS

Vice-Principal
Academic Dean
HOD Old Testament

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Arthur Wulf FS

Lecturer Old Testament
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Taipisia Leilua FS

HOD Theology
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Alesana F Pala'amo FS

HOD Practical Theology
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Samasoni Moleli FS

Lecturer Old Testament
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Malutafa Faalili FS

Lecturer Old Testament
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Olive Samuelu FS

Lecturer Theology
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Brian Kolia FS

Lecturer Old Testament
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Kara Ipiniu FS

Lecturer Practical Theology
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Fatilua Fatilua

Lecturer New Testament
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Tutoatasi Toalima

Lecturer Church History
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Clarke Stowers

Lecturer Church History
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Leuelu Setu

Lecturer Church History
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Esera Esera

Lecturer Theology
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Staff Development on Study Leave

Visesio Saga FS

PhD candidate (Melbourne)
New Testament

Reupena Maulolo FS

PhD candidate (Otago)
Practical Theology

Karanita Petaia FS

PhD candidate (Melbourne)
New Testament

Administration

Alesana Pala'amo

Chief Librarian

Malutafa Faalili

Bursar

Arthur Wulf

Master Programme Co-ordinator/
Theses Co-ordinator

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Mile Nofoaiga

Cert. Early Childhood,
Dip. Theological Studies

Kindergarten

 

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Maria Samuelu

Dip. Theological Studies
Senior Library Assistant

 

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Fetū To'alima

BSc
Senior Library Assistant

 

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Rossana Tanielu

BA
College Secretary

 

Staff Profiles

Rev. Dr. Vaitusi Nofoaiga

PhD, MTh Hons, BD, BA

Contact Details:

Email:      vnofoaiga@malua.edu.ws
                 principal@malua.edu.ws

Phone:      +685 42303 ext 110

Qualifications:
PhDThe University of Auckland, New Zealand2014
MTh HonsThe University of Auckland, New Zealand2007
BDMalua Theological College, Samoa2004
Diploma of TeachingWellington College of Education, New Zealand 1996
BAVictoria University, New Zealand1995

 

RESEARCH:  Books, Book Chapters, Dissertations, Journal Articles, Conference Papers

Books

  • Samoan Reading of Discipleship in Matthew. SBL Press: Atlanta, 2017.

 

Book Chapters

  • “Earth Came to Help a Woman: Mythopoeic Language and Discipleship in Revelation 12:1-7.” In Bible Blindspots: Dispersion and Othering, edited by Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon and Jione Havea, 171-184. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2021.

  • “O le pa’u a le popo uli: A Coconut Discipleship Reading of Matthew 12:46-50 and 28:16-20.” In Theologies from the Pacific, edited by Jione Havea, 207-217. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
  • “Enacting Sociorhetorical Interpretation in the Island Nation of Samoa in Oceania.” In Welcoming the Nations: International Sociorhetorical Explorations, edited by Vernon K. Robbins and Roy R. Jeal, 57-70. SBL Press: Atlanta, 2020.
  • “Jesus the Fiaola (Opportunity Seeker): A Postcolonial Reading of Matthew 7:24-8:22.” In Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific, edited by Jione Havea, 163-178. SBL Press: Atlanta, 2018.
  • “A Samoan Reading of Judas’s Betrayal of Jesus.” In Point of View Publishing: Customized Course Readings, 2018. https://www.pointofviewpublishing.com/ 

 

Dissertations

  • “Crowds as Jesus’ Disciples in the Matthean Gospel.” MTh Thesis, University of Auckland, 2006.
  • “Towards a Samoan Postcolonial Reading of Discipleship in the Matthean gospel.” PhD Thesis, University of Auckland, 2014.

 

Journal Articles

  • “Tautuaileva: A Samoan Hermeneutic to Explore Egalitarianism in the Bible.” The Journal of Samoan Studies 10 (2020): 60-69.
  • “Fafine Tigā Fanau (Faaaliga 12:1-17): Pepa Mafutaga Faafouina Faifeau i Malua 2018.” Malua Journal 1 (2019).
  • “Faavae o le Loto fuatiaifo lelei i le soifua faitaulaga mo le Atua (2 Korinito): Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2017.” Malua Journal 1 (2018).
  • “Occupation as a blessing – An intertextual reading of the star in Matthew 2:1-12 and the star of Jacob in Numbers 24:14-19: Paper for Oceania Biblical Association Conference in Auckland 2017.” Malua Journal 1 (2018).
  • “Vaaiga i le Agaga o le Atua, o le faavae (petra not petros) e atia’e ai le Ekalesia: Pepa o le Fono Tele EFKS 2016.” Malua Journal 1 (2017).
  • “Avea ma soo i le lotoifale (fesootaiga ma le upu Eleni o le ebastazen (ave – carry)): ‘O ia lava na na aveina o tatou vaivai, ma na tauave o tatou ma’i’ (Mataio 8:17): Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau Malua 2015.” Malua Journal 1 (2016).
  • “Exploring Discipleship in Matthew 4:12-25 from tautuaileva (service/servant/serve in-between).” Pacific Journal of Theology 50 (2013): 61-87.

 

Selected Conference Papers

  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga Tamā o le Ekalesia EFKAS & EFKS, faaulutalaina “Ekalesia Galulue Faatasi (Mataio 16-18),” Malua, 17-20 Ianuari, 2020.
  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga Faafouina Faifeau, faaulutalaina “Motugaafa  mo Upu Faaiu o ni faatasiga poo ni mafutaga  – Upu mai le Feagaiga Fou ma le Aganuu (Mavaega),” Malua, Aukuso, 2019.
  • Paper given to the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools Conference, entitled “Woman crying out in birth pangs (Revelation 12:16): An early Christianity imagery of following the Lamb,” Auckland, May, 2019.
  • Paper given to the Council for World Mission Pacific Youth Programme, entitled “Jesus’ response to the Roman Empire’s exploitation of local Palestinian people in the 1st Century: A Pacific Christian response to Blue Pacific Economy,” Nadi, October, 2019.
  • Paper given to the Council for World Mission Pacific Youth Programme, entitled “The Blue Pacific Identity from a Biblical Perspective,” Nadi, October, 2019.
  • Paper given to the International Congress of the Society of Biblical Literature, entitled “Discipleship as service to local people (people of the land and sea) – A reading of Matthew 14 (beyond the death of John the Baptist),” Boston USA, November, 2017.
  • Paper given to the Oceania Biblical Studies Association Conference, entitled “Exploring the rhetology and rhetography of Lauga faaSamoa and Pese Samoa in the Samoan Christian world,” Tonga, August, 2012.
  • Paper given to the Oceania Biblical Studies Association Conference, entitled “The interconnectedness of humankind and earth in God’s Basileia in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-12),” Auckland, July, 2010.
  • Paper given to the Council of World Mission Meeting, entitled “The gift of children and our responsibility to nurture them to the fullness of life,” Malua, September, 2009.

 

AWARDS

  • Foveran Scholarship Award, University of Auckland, 2011 and 2013
  • Maori and Pacific Island Scholarship Award, University of Auckland, 2006

 

MEMBERSHIP: BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • President of the Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA).
  • Member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
  • Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Member
  • Accreditation Commissioner of the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS)

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Gospels
  • Pauline Letters
  • Christian Inventions (rhetorical) in the 1st Century
  • Apocalyptic literature in relation to Mythology
  • Johannine Literature
  • Diaspora Judaism
  • Islander Criticism
  • Sociorhetorical criticism
  • Method/s of reading/s that help us make more sense the meaning of the Gospel in/to our world/s

Rev. Makesi Neemia

MTh, BD, BSc

Contact Details:

Email:       mneemia@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303 ext 107

Qualifications:

MTh

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2002

BD

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2000

BSc

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

 

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Book Chapters

  • “The Priestly Ger (Alien) Meets the Samoan Tagata Ese (Outsider).” In Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific, edited by Jione Havea, 147-162. SBL Press: Atlanta, 2018.
  • “The Hebrew Bible and Postcolonial Samoan Hermeneutics.” In Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Theologies: Storyweaving in the Asia-Pacific, edited by Mark G. Brett and Jione Havea, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2014.

 

Dissertations

  • Fa’asamoa/The Samoan Way as a means to understanding Old Testament Apocalyptic as represented in the text of Deutero-Zechariah.” MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, 2002.
  • “The Book of Qoheleth as a Critique of Samoan Wisdom” BD Thesis, Malua Theological College, 2000.

 

Seminar Presentations

  • “The Hebrew Bible and Postcolonial Samoan Hermeneutics.” Paper presented at Story Weaving: Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Conference Whitely College, Melbourne, January 24, 2012.
  • “The ger in the Priestly Writings: A Samoan Biblical Hermeneutic”: Paper presented at the Oceania Biblical Association Conference at Piula Theological College, Samoa 2015.
  • “A Postcolonial Biblical Perspective on Land Tenure in Contemporary Samoa”: Paper presented at the SPACLALS (NUS Branch) Literary Festival at NUS Samoa 2015.
  • “A postcolonial reading of Daniel 1 and Genesis 1”: Bible study on the theme Dancing in Babylon: A Journey of Hope CWM PACIFIC REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE MEETING: SAMOA, 22 – 29 July, 2015
  • “The Sovereignty of God in the Pentateuch and Land Tenure in Contemporary Samoa”: Paper presented at the Oceania Biblical Association Conference in Auckland 2017.
  • “The dead and land: Reading Ruth 4:1-12 from the work of the dead in Samoa”: paper presented at the Oceania Biblical Association Conference at Davuilevu Theological College, Suva Fiji 2019.

 

Articles

  • “O le pule aoao a le Atua ma tusitusiga faaositaulaga ma le faateuteronome i le Feagaiga Tuai: O le Ekalesia ma le Malo” Malua Journal 1 (2019)
  • “Faitauga o le Isaia 56:1-8 ma le Ata Tifaga ‘Tulafale’: Eunuka, Tagata ese, Nofotane, Taulealea, ma Eleele” Malua Journal 1 (2017)
  • “The ger in the Priestly Writings: A Samoan Biblical Hermeneutic” Malua Journal 1 (2016)
  • “Fa’amagaloina, Faamaloloina, Faafouina (Luka 18:9-14 – Tatalo a le Telona”: Pepa o le Fonotele EFKS 2015” Malua Journal 1 (2016).

Rev. Dr. Arthur Wulf

PhD, MTh, BD, BA

Contact Details:

Email:       awulf@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303 ext 118

Qualifications:

PhD

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

2017

MTh

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2004

BD

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2002

BA

Victoria University, New Zealand

1995

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

English Papers

  • Reading the Bible Environmentally Sensitive: A Christian Approach to the Bible in light of the Environmental Crisis
  • Climate Change Un-Creates the Lord’s Creation: Reading Genesis 1: 1-5 in light of Climate Change
  • The Bible and the Environment: The Environmental Complaint Towards the Bible
  • Jeremiah’s Mission and the Challenges of Imperial Rule: Reading Jeremiah’s mission to the nation through the use of the Samoan Gafataulima Analytical Approach
  • Was Earth Created Good? A Reappraisal of Earth Presented in the Genesis 1 Creation Story from a Samoan Gafataulima Perspective (PhD Dissertation)
  • ‘Let Us Go Down and Dis-urbanised the Babel Community’: Reading Genesis 11: 1-9 in light of the Apia Urban Problem
  • Violence Against Women and the Genesis 2-3 Creation Story: A Feminist Reading of Genesis 2-3.
  • ‘Let Us Descend and Disperse the Tower of Babel Community’: An Ideological Reading of Genesis 11: 1-9 (MTH Thesis)
  • Daniel is Fuel for Rebellion: An Ideological Reading of Daniel 7-12 (BD. Thesis)

 

Samoan Papers

  • Malo FaaleLalolagi ma le Ekalesia: O se Vaaiga i Malo Faalelalolagi oi le Tanielu 7
  • O se Faamanuia poo se Faamalaia: Toe Iloiloga o le Kenese 1: 26-28
  • Faamasino 17-21 ma Feminisi: Faitauga Faafeminisi o le Faamasino 17-21
  • O le Tusi o Faataoto ma Faaaliga
  • O le Utopia ma Perofetaga i le Feagaiga Tuai
  • O Olaina o Tulafono e Sefulu oi le Tusi o Esoto 20
  • Faitauga Faapolokiki ma Faaekonomisi o le faiga malo a le Tupu o Solomona

 

Workshops/Conferences Attended

  • 2020 Churches Science and Climate Change Workshop
  • [Lotu, Saenisi ma le Suiga o le Tau]
  • 2019 CWM Pacific Regional Roundtable Meeting
  • National Environment Forum
  • 2018 Oceania Biblical Studies Association. Suva
  • 2013 Oceania Biblical Studies Association, Suva.
  • 2012 Australia New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, Auckland.
  • 2011 Oceania Biblical Studies Association, Malua.
  • 2009 Society of Biblical Literature, Auckland.
  • 2005 Malua Conference: The Bible and Violence Against Women

Rev. Dr. Taipisia Leilua

DTh, MTh, BD

Contact Details:

Email:         tleilua@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303 ext 111

Qualifications:
DThMelbourne College of Divinity, Australia 
MThPacific Theological College, Fiji 
BDPacific Theological College, Fiji 

Rev. Dr. Alesana Pala'amo

PhD, MTh, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:        apalaamo@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303 ext 105
Mobile:     +685 7503877

Qualifications:
PhD Massey University, New Zealand 2017
MTh Protestant Theological University, The Netherlands 2008
BTh Malua Theological College, Samoa 2006

 

RESEARCH: Book Sections, Dissertations, Journal Articles, Conference Papers

Book Sections

  • Pala’amo, A. (2022). Healer and teacher. In D. Painting (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2022: The Bible for a change (pp. 16-22). London, United Kingdom: Monarch Books.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2022). A new heaven and a new earth. In D. Painting (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2022: The Bible for a change (pp. 135-141). London, United Kingdom: Monarch Books.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2020). The heavens declare – the ending. In N. Eddy (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2020: The Bible for a change (pp. 302-308). Oxford, United Kingdom: Lion Hudson Limited.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2018). Faith and works. In N. Eddy (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2018: The Bible for a change (pp. 113-119). Oxford, United Kingdom: Monarch Books.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2017). A new phase begins. In N. Eddy (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2017: The Bible for a change (pp. 256-262). Oxford, United Kingdom: Monarch Books.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2016). Jesus in action: healing. In N. Eddy (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2016: The Bible for a change (pp. 158-164). Birmingham, United Kingdom: The International Bible Reading Association.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2015). The promise of the Spirit, the Counsellor. In N. Eddy (Ed.), Fresh from the Word 2015: The Bible for a change (pp. 104-110). Birmingham, United Kingdom: The International Bible Reading Association.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2012). From tradition to God: A qualitative study towards redeveloping the spirituality of Samoan youth. In G. Hall & J. Hendriks (Eds.), Dreaming a New Earth: Raimon Panikkar and Indigenous Spiritualities (pp. 239-257). Preston, Australia: Mosaic Press.

 

Dissertations

  • Pala’amo, A. (2017). Fetu’utu’una’i le va Navigating relational space: An exploration of pastoral counselling practices for Samoans. (Doctoral dissertation, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand). Retrieved from https://mro.massey.ac.nz/handle/10179/11813
  • Pala’amo, A. (2008). From Tradition to God: A Qualitative Study Towards Redeveloping the Spirituality of Samoan Youth. (Unpublished master’s thesis), Protestant Theological University, Kampen, The Netherlands.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2006). Divine Grace through Human Suffering. (Unpublished bachelor’s thesis), Malua Theological College, Samoa.

 

Journal Articles

  • Pala’amo, A., & Pala’amo, L. (2020). Solidarity in Crisis. Insight, (August 2020), 30-33. Retrieved from https://issuu.com/cwmission/docs/insight_issue_12_final
  • Pala’amo, A. (2019). Pastoral counselling in a changing Samoa: Development, Christianity, and Relationality. Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, 16(1), 95- 108.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2018). Tafatolu (three-sides): A Samoan research methodological framework. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 30(4), 19-27.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2018). O Iesu o le Faufautua lelei, Jesus the Wonderful Counsellor. Malua Journal (7), 168-173.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2012). Conflict Analysis. Malua Journal (1), 168-173.

 

Conference Papers

  • Pala’amo, A. (2021, October). Pastoral ministry and Covid-19 in the Pacific Rim areas: Samoa. Webinar Virtual presentation for the Asosiasi Pastoral Indonesia Pastoral Voice From Countries Samoa Conference, held in Bitung City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.  
  • Pala’amo, A. (2021, September). Va’aalo (Bonito Canoe) Pastoral Counselling: An approach that navigates vā  (relational space) for Samoans towards justice and love. Virtual presentation for the NZCCA New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association AGM 2021 held in Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2021, July). O le Tafatolu o Sailiga manuia mo Tupulaga Talavou/ Triad of Blessings for Young People. Paper presented at the EFKS Matagaluega Apia i Sasae/ CCCS Apia i Sasae district conference, Sogi, Samoa.

  • Pala’amo, A. (2019, August). Tafatolu (three-sides): A Samoan Research Methodological Framework towards an EFKS Counselling and Social Services. Paper presented at the  CCCS ministers’ renewal conference, Malua, Samoa.

  • Pala’amo, A. (2019, August). Va’aalo Pastoral Counselling: An Approach that navigates vā  (relational space) to engage Samoans with one’s own self, with one another, and especially with God. Paper presented at the 11th International Congress ICPCC International Council of Pastoral Care and Counselling Conference, Malacca, Malaysia.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2019, March). Fetu’utu’una’i le vā, Navigating Relational Spaces: A contemporary Samoan perspective of Pastoral Counselling. Paper presented at the NUS National University of Samoa Lecture Series, Apia, Samoa.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2018, September). Counselling from a Samoan perspective: Fetu’utu’una’i le vā, Navigating Relational Space to align traditional and contemporary practices. Paper presented at the IAC International Association for Counselling Conference, Rome, Italy.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2018, March). Rolling out the fine mat of Scripture: A contextual pastoral response. Paper presented at the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research Samoa Conference, Piula, Samoa.
  • Pala’amo, A. & Pala’amo, L. (2018, March). Tatou talanoa: Fetufaa’iga (counselling) fa’a-Faletua. Paper presented at the CCCS Annual Minister’s Wives renewal conference,  Sogi, Samoa.
  • Pala’amo, A. & Pala’amo, L. (2016, July). Sāuāina i totonu o aiga/ Family violence. Paper presented at the CCCS Auckland district conference, Te Atatu, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2016, June). Interweaving Christianity with traditionalists and contemporary  Samoans through pastoral counselling. Paper presented at the Woven Together? Christianity and development between New Zealand and the Pacific conference, Religious  studies, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2015, July). Jesus walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33): are you walking or sinking? Paper presented at the CCCS Youth Bible study conference, Grey Lynn, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2014, December). Suicide: In the eyes of a Christian is this right or wrong?  Paper presented at the Pacific Island Evangelical and Missionary Network Annual Conference, Mangere, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2014, September). Pastoral counselling in Samoa: exploring effective  practices for ministers. Paper presented online at the Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa: co- ordinated by the Institute of Public Policy AUT University, Albany, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2014, August). Dream for success: a reading of Daniel 1:17. Paper presented at the CCCS Youth Bible study conference, Panmure, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2013, November). Pastoral counselling in Samoa: a shift from the traditional Samoan fale (house) to Westernised designs that emphasise separateness. Paper presented at the Indigenous Theology Symposium, Association Practical Theologians Oceania, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2013, November). Pastoral counselling in Samoa: exploring effective practices for ministers. Paper presented at the 6th Pasifika@Massey Whenua Research conference,  Manawatu, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2013, October). Drink from the water of life: a reading of John 4:13-14. Paper presented at the Tongan Youth Camp Bible study conference, West harbour, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2013, August). Pastoral counselling in Samoa: exploring effective practices for ministers. Paper presented online at the Pasifika@Massey Seminar Series, Albany, New Zealand.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2012, October). Imago Dei: Created in the Image of God. Paper presented at the CCCS conference on drug and alcohol abuse, Tamaligi, Samoa.
  • Pala’amo, A. & Marino, A.  (2011, August). The ancient ritual of Ifoga: A Documentary about Peacebuilding in Samoa. Paper presented at the Pacific Peacebuilding Training Intensive, Suva, Fiji.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2010, August). Religion, Trauma, and Coping. Paper presented at the CCCS  ministers’ renewal conference, Malua, Samoa.
  • Pala’amo, A. (2010, June). From tradition to God: A qualitative study towards redeveloping the spirituality of Samoan youth. Paper presented at the Indigenous Theology Symposium. Association Practical Theologians Oceania, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Pala’amo, A. & Marino, A. (2009, August). Contemporary Research in Christian Education. Paper presented at the CCCS ministers’ renewal conference, Malua, Samoa.

 

AWARDS

  • Massey University Pasifika Doctoral Scholarships (2016, 2015)
  • Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Scholarship, Massey University (2015)
  • School of Social Work Graduate Research Fund Scholarship, Massey University (2015)
  • Winner, ‘Three Minute Thesis’ 3MT Doctoral Speech Competition, Massey University (2014)
  • CWM Council for World Mission Scholarship for Master of Theology, Kampen, The Netherlands (2007-2008)

 

OTHER RESEARCH OUTPUTS

  • 2015     Researcher for Meeting the housing needs of multi-generational households: A report prepared for BRANZ and funded from the Building Research Levy. A joint research project by the University of Auckland and Massey University.
  • 2013      Report for Pasifika Professional Supervision Practice Research and Professional Development Hub, Massey University.
  • 2009-present    Administrator/Author: Press Releases, and Information updates, Malua Theological College website https://malua.edu.ws

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Council Board Member Pacific Region, ICPCC International Council Pastoral Care and Counselling
  • Member, IAC International Association Counselling
  • Affiliate Member, NZCCA New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association
  • Founding Member, MHPSS Mental Health Psycho Social Services, Ministry of Health, Government of Samoa
  • Co-Founder, Soul Talk Samoa Trust
  • APTO Association Practical Theologians Oceania
  • Member, GET Gender Equality Theology Working Group, Uniting World, Australia (2019)
  • Member, Human Participants Ethics Committee Auckland Council, New Zealand (2016)

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Practical theology
  • Pastoral Counselling
  • Youth and Social Ministries
  • Christian Worship
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Christian Education

Rev. Dr. Samasoni Moleli

PhD, MTh Distinction, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:         smoleli@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303 ext 117

Qualifications:

PhD

Melbourne University of Divinity, Australia

2018

MTh Distinction

Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia

2009

BTh

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2007

 

RESEARCH: Dissertations, Journal Articles, Conference Papers

Dissertations

  • “Jabez in Context: A Multidimensional Approach to Identity and Landholdings in Chronicles.” PhD Thesis, University of Divinity, 2018.
  • “Mobility: Biblical Perspectives and the Samoan Experience.” MTh Thesis, Melbourne College of Divinity, 2009.

 

Journal Articles

  • “Enlarging Borders and Territory: Contrasting Texts from the Pentateuch, Amos and Chronicles.” Political Theology in the Hebrew Bible Volume 1 (UD Melbourne), forthcoming, 2021.
  • “Fanua as Culture and Identity in the Postexilic Community.” Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA), Suva Fiji, Apr 2019.
  • “Cultic worship with nokri according to 1 Kgs 8:41-43.” Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and    Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) Seoul, South Korea, Jul 2016.  
  • “Deuteronomy’s National Imagination – YHWH the Landowner as Reflected in the Pulega Alii ma Faipule,” Oceania Biblical Studies Association Meeting, Aug 2013.

 

Selected Conference Papers

  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga Faafouina Faifeau, faaulutalaina “E iai ea se (faa)olataga i le Feagaiga Tuai? (Is there any Salvation in the Old Testament?),” Malua, Aukuso, 2019.
  • Paper given to University of Divinity Seminar, entitled “A Critical Response to Textual Identities in Chronicles by Louis C. Jonker,” June 2015.
  • Paper given to Whitley College Seminar, entitled “The Inclusive Possibilities of the Passover Festival in Chronicles,” Melbourne, October, 2014.
  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga Faafouina Faifeau, faaulutalaina “Iapesa o se fua fanua” (Jabez as a land surveyor), Malua, Aukuso, 2012.

 

AWARDS

  • Selected scholar for University of Divinity Graduation Valedictory Speech, Mar 2019
  • Awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar of University of Divinity, Mar 2019
  • Awarded Basil Brown Prize in Biblical Studies, Whitley College, Nov 2017
  • Awarded Australian Postgraduate Award for Research Funding, Feb 2015
  • Awarded Mervyn Himbury Scholarship Prize, Whitley College, Australia, Nov 2014

Rev. Dr. Malutafa Faalili

PhD, MTh Distinction, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:         mfaalili@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

PhD

University of Newcastle, Australia

2019

MTh Distinction

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2009

BTh

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2007

RESEARCH: Dissertations, Journal Articles, Conference Papers

Dissertations

  • “The Time has not yet come to rebuild Yahweh’s house: A Jamesonian Reading of the Book of Haggai.” PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, 2019.
  • “The Ideological function of the Asylum Legislation in Deuteronomy 19:1-13.” MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, 2009.

 

Journal Articles

  • “Aisea ua tuai mai ai Samuelu?” Translation “Why was Samuel late?” Malua Journal, 3rd Edition, May 2015.
  • “O le Leo Taotaomia: O Le Toalua o Potifara.” Translation “A Suppressed Voice: The Wife of Potiphar.” Malua Journal, 2nd Edition, May 2014.
  • “Nafanua: a Prophetess of God: The Congregational Christian Church and Hermeneutics.” Malua Journal, 1st Edition, May 2013, pp. 39-47.

 

Selected Conference Papers

  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga Faafouina Faifeau, faaulutalaina “Aisea ua tuai mai ai Samuelu?” Translation “Why was Samuel late?” Malua, Aukuso 2014.
  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga Faafouina Faifeau, faaulutalaina “O le Leo Taotaomia: O Le Toalua o Potifara.” Translation “A Suppressed Voice: The Wife of Potiphar.” Malua, Aukuso 2013.
  • Paper given to the Oceania Biblical Studies Association Conference, entitled “Nafanua: a Prophetess of God: The Congregational Christian Church and Hermeneutics.” Tonga, August 2012.
  • Pepa mo le Mafutaga a le Aufaigaluega: Matagaluega a Faasaleleaga “Saulo – O le Taitai Faatemokarasi” Translation “Saul – The Democratic Leader” Tuasivi, 8 Ianuari 2011.

 

AWARDS

  • Australian Government Research Training Scheme (RTS) – The RTS provides eligible higher degree candidates with an entitlement to an exemption from the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP). This grant covered the entirety of the 4 year programme 2015-2019
  • PTC Prize for Overall Academic Excellence for Masters of Theology – awarded to students who attain a Masters of Theology with Distinction – 2009

Rev. Olive Samuelu

MTh Distinction, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:     osamuelu@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303 ext 112

Qualifications:

MTh Distinction

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2010

BTh

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2008

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Dissertation

  • ‘Salvation in Church Offering? Towards a Theology of Giving in the Context of the CCCS’. MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, 2010.

 

Conference Papers

  • “O Mataio, Kaisara, ma Lafoga a Faifeau o le EFKS: O le Tagi mai Mea Loloto”; [Matthew, Caesar and Taxing of EFKS Ministers: A Cry from the Depths] Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2018  Malua Journal 1 (2019)
  • ‘Mataupu Silisili o le Faamoemoe: O le Valaauina i le Galuega o le Talalelei [A Theology of Hope: Our Calling in the Ministry]: Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2016 Malua Journal 5 (2017)
  • ‘O Auala ma Mafaufauga Eseese e Faauigaina ai le Tusi Paia’ [Theological Hermeneutics]: Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2015, Malua Journal 4 (2016)
  • ‘O le Faatoaga o le Loto: O Iesu ma le Alafau Taumatau, Ofu Tele, ma le Maila e Tasi [The Garden of the Soul: Jesus and the Right Cheek, The Coat and the Mile]” (Mataio 5:39-41): Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2014, Malua Journal 3 (2015)
  • ‘O le Mataupu Silisili ma le Faaliuefuefuina o Tino o e ua Maliliu [A Theology of Cremation]’: Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2013, Malua Journal 2 (2014)
  • ‘O se Vaaiga i Mataupu Silisili Fa’a-Efika a le Ekalesia Katoliko ma Lotu Porotesano’ [Theological Ethics between Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches] Pepa Mafutaga Faifeau i Malua 2012, Malua Journal 1 (2013)

 

AWARDS

  • Awarded College Prize for Thesis Writing 2010
  • Awarded College Prize for Academic Excellence 2010

Rev. Dr. Brian Kolia

PhD, MTh, BD, MCom, BCom

Contact Details:

Email:        bkolia@malua.edu.ws

Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

PhD

University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia

2021

MTh

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2014

BD

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2012

MCom

University of Western Sydney, Australia

2008

BCom

University of Western Sydney, Australia

2003

 

RESEARCH: Book Chapters, Dissertations, Journal Articles, and Conference Papers

Book Chapters

  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Crying in Vain: A Diasporic Reading of Moral Chaos in Ecclesiastes and Breaking Bad.” In Theology and Breaking Bad, edited by David K. Goodin and George Tsakiridis, 61-75. Lanham MD: Lexington, 2022.
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Tautua Lē Pa’ō and Toxic Masculinity: Voicing a Pisa Theology.” In Bordered Bodies, Bothered Voices: Native and Migrant Theologies, edited by Jione Havea, 173-185. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2022.
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Lāuga Fa’amatai and Lāuga Fa’aleagaga.” In Lāuga: Understanding Samoan Oratory, 174-183, edited by Sadat Muaiava. Wellington: Te Papa, 2022.
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Eve’s Serpent (Gen 3:1–9) Meets Sina’s Tuna at Fāgogo.” In Vulnerability and Resilience: Body and Liberating Theologies, 77-87, edited by Jione Havea, Lanham MD: Lexington, 2020.
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Toil(ing) in Two Cultures: An Australian-Samoan Reading of Ecclesiastes 2:18-23.” In Reading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika, IVBS 10, 29-42, edited by Jione Havea and Peter H.W. Lau. Atlanta: SBL, 2020.
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Lifting the Tapu of Sex: A Tulou Reading of the Song of Songs” In Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific. Semeia Studies 90, 85-102, edited by Jione Havea. Atlanta: SBL, 2018.

 

Dissertations

  • 2021 PhD – “Maota Tau Ave”: Towards an Australian-Samoan Understanding of Wisdom in Ecclesiastes.
  • 2014 MTh – “Lifting the Tapu of Sex”: A Tulou Reading of the Book of Song of Songs.
  • 2012 BD – “Are ‘Tautua’ and ‘Battling’ Hebel?”: A Cross-cultural Reading of Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 in light of the theme of ‘toiling’.

 

Journal Articles

  • Kolia, Brian Fiu. “Hybridized Surviving: The Diaspora Narratives of Joseph, Esther, and Daniel.” Religions 13 no. 4 (2022):371 (1-13).
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu.  “Qohelet and Toxic Masculinity: Towards an Ala Theology”, Zadok Papers S255 (Summer 2021), 1-6.
  • Kolia, Brian Fiu, “Eve, the Serpent, and a Samoan Love Story.” The Bible and Critical Theory 15 no.2 (2019):156-163.

 

Conference Papers

  • “The Donkey as Tamasoaalii: A Fagogo Reading of Balaam and the Donkey in Numbers 22:22-35.” Presented at the Fellowship of Biblical Studies (FBS) Annual Conference, Melbourne (Virtual), November 2021.
  • Conference Organising Committee and Facilitator for CWM/Talanoa Oceania: Legacies of Slavery & Colonisation in Pasifika and Aotearoa, Virtual Conference, March, June, and September 2021.
  • “Attitudes Towards Leadership in Qohelet.” Presented at the University of Divinity (UD) Research Day at the University of Divinity, Melbourne (Virtual), July 2021.
  • “Attitudes Towards Leadership in Qohelet.” Presented at the United Theological College Research Colloquium, at United Theological College (UTC), Sydney Australia, 2020.
  • “Moana and Qohelet: Futility in Diaspora?” Presented at the Ecological Hermeneutics Section of SBL, Boston USA (Virtual), 2020.
  • Lāuga Faaleagaga Lecture delivered virtually at Victoria University, Wellington NZ, 2020.
  • “Qohelet and Toil(ing): A Samoan Tautua Reading of Eccl 2:18-23.” Presented at OBSA at Pacific Theological College, Suva Fiji, 2019.
  • “The Donkey as Tamasoaalii: A Fagogo Reading of Balaam and the Donkey in Numbers 22:22-35.” Presented at the Postcolonial Section of SBL,       San Diego, CA, USA, 2019.
  • “Eve, the Serpent and a Samoan Love Story: A Fagogo Reading of Genesis 3:1-19.” Presented at the Postcolonial Section of SBL, at Denver CO, USA, 2018.
  • “Eve and the Serpent and Animal Studies: A Fagogo Reading of Genesis 3:1-19 and its Implications for Animal Studies.” Presented at the Animal Studies and Biblical Studies Section of SBL, at Denver CO, USA, 2018.
  • “A Diasporic Reading of Ecclesiastes.” Presented at the Ministers’ Fellowship Renewal, Malua Theological College, Samoa, 2017.
  • “The God that arrived like a Fish in the Night: A Samoan Reading of Pashach in Exod 12:12-13.” Presented at the Ministers’ Fellowship Renewal, Malua Theological College, Samoa, 2016.
  • “A Tulou Reading of Song of Songs.” Presented at the Ministers’ Fellowship Renewal, Malua Theological College, Samoa, 2015.
  • “The Liberation of the Woman through Tautua: A Samoan Reading of Song of Songs 1:8.” Presented at “Dancing in Babylon” Council for World Mission (CWM) Pacific Regional Conference, in Apia, Samoa, 2015.
  • “Lifting the Tapu on Sex: A Tulou Reading of Song of Songs.” Presented at the Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) Conference, at Piula Theological College, Samoa, 2015.

 

AWARDS

  • 2018-2021 Research Stipend Scheme from the University of Divinity, Melbourne
  • 2018-2021 Research Funding Scheme from the University of Divinity, Melbourne
  • 2018 Mervyn Himbury Scholarship for Excellence in Biblical Studies from Whitley College, Melbourne

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Member for the Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member for the Oceania Biblical Studies Association
  • Member for the Fellowship of Biblical Studies
  • Member for the American Academy of Religion

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Hebrew Bible
  • Wisdom Traditions in the Hebrew Bible
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Decolonising methods, interpretation and theology
  • Cultural and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Samoan linguistics
  • Islander Criticism

Rev. Kara Ipiniu

MTh Distinction, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:        kipiniu@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

MTh Distinction

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2017

BTh

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2015

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Dissertation

  • Autalaga Model: A Pastoral Care Approach to Revisit Faaaloaloga in the CCCS Today.” MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, 2017.

 

Article

 

Selected Conference Papers

  • 2018 Pepa mo le Mafutaga Tamā o le Ekalesia EFKAS & EFKS, faaulutalaina “Autalaga o  Fafaga ile EFKS.”
  • 2015 CCCS member to CWM/WCC Mission workshop: Together Towards Life workshop in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2015 Relational Hermeneutics workshop, Suva

Dr. Fatilua Fatilua

PhD candidate, MTh Distinction, BD, PhD, MPA, BA

Contact Details:

Email:      ffatilua@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

PhD candidate

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

 

MTh Distinction

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2018

BD

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2016

PhD

State University at New York, Albany, New York, USA

2008

MPA

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA

1998

BA

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA

1994

 

RESEARCH: Book Chapters, Dissertations, Journal Articles, Conference Papers

Book Chapters

  • “Church as Feagaiga: A Fāiā Reading of Romans 13:1-7.” In Theologies from the Pacific, edited by Jione Havea, 193-206. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Fāiā Analysis of Romans 13:1-7: Integrating a Samoan Perspective with Sociorhetorical Interpretation.” In Welcoming the Nations: International Sociorhetorical Explorations, edited by Vernon K. Robbins and Roy R. Jeal, 71-88. Atlanta, GA: SBL Press.

 

Dissertations

  • 2018 MTh Distinction – Faia Analysis of Romans 13:1-7: Integrating a Samoan Perspective with Socio-rhetorical Criticism

  • 2016 BD – The Church and Court Litigation: A Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
  • 2008 PhD – Political Influence on Agency Rulemaking: A Case Study of the FCC Regulatory Review of Media Ownership from 1996 to 2004
  • 1998 MPA – Government in Samoa: Traditional or Democratic

 

Journal Articles

  • “To Litigate or Not? Reading Paul in the Context of the Courts and the Church in the Pacific.” The Pacific Journal of Theology 60 (2): 41-58.
  • “Juxtaposing the ἄρχων and the Samoan sa’o: Reorienting Luke 18:18-30 within the political economic context of Pacific Island Countries and Territories.” The Pacific Journal of Theology 59 (2): 47-59.
  • “In Pursuit of a Pacific Island Biblical Hermeneutics – A Review of Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women (2003) by Jione Havea.” The Pacific Journal of Theology 58 (1): 148-155.

 

Conference Papers

  • “‘Who gets what, where and how’: Re-orienting a Lukan response to wealth and prosperity in light of the challenges facing Pacific Island Countries and Territories”. Paper accepted for presentation at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) International Meeting in Adelaide Australia July 5-9, 2020.
  • “Re-reading Romans 13:1-7 using the faia-i-upu-ma-fatuaiupu approach: rethinking the Samoan cultural designation of the Church as feagaiga”. Paper presented at the Oceanic Biblical Studies Association (OBSA): Bible and Vanua Conference, Suva Fiji April 18-20, 2019
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Samoan Families: Lessons learn from the Faasamoa (Samoan Culture) about resolving differences and conflicts in families”. Paper Presented at the Asian Pacific Islander Resources Network (APIRN)-sponsored Domestic Violence Class for Samoans, March 9, 2006
  • “Rulemaking in pursuit of an open-ended mandate”. Paper accepted for presentation at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) 77th Annual Conference, January 5-7, 2006.
  • “Conceptual Framework for a study of influence on agency rulemaking: the FCC Media Ownership Reviews from 1996-2003”. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association—International (NPSA), November 17-19, 2005.
  • “The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the FCC Responses: Rulemaking Pursuant to an Unclear Mandate”. Paper presented at the 2005 Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

 

AWARDS

  • Recipient of University at Albany Dissertation Research Fellowship Award 2006-2007
  • Recipient of Department Fellowship from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, SUNY-Albany, 2001-2003

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Pacific Island Biblical Interpretation
  • Church and State Relations
  • Hellenistic and Greek Language
  • Gospels and Acts
  • Pauline Studies
  • New Institutional Economic approaches to Biblical Interpretation

Tutoatasi Toalima

MTh, BD, BSc

Contact Details:

Email:         ttoalima@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

MTh

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2019

BD

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2017

BSc

University of the South Pacific, Fiji

2003

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Dissertations

  • “Feagaiga and Taxation: A Historical Critique of the debate between the CCCS and the Samoan Government concerning taxation of church ministers.” MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, Suva, 2019.
  • “The seduction of Jesus: An Alternative Reading of Mark 7:24-30.” BD Thesis, Malua Theological College, 2017.

Clarke Stowers

MTh Distinction, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:     cstowers@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

MTh Distinction

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2019

BTh

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2017

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Dissertations

  • Stowers, C. (2019). Historical Mamanu: A Relational Approach Towards the History of Education in Samoa Between 1830 And 1900. (Unpublished master’s thesis), Pacific Theological College, Fiji.
  • Stowers, C. (2017). Names as Hermeneutics to read text: Fofogaolevai and John the Baptist (Mark1:1-15). (Unpublished bachelor thesis), Malua Theological College, Samoa.

Leuelu Setu

MTh, BD, BSc

Contact Details:

Email:       lsetu@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

MTh

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2020

BD

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2018

BSc

University of the South Pacific, Fiji

1995

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Dissertations

  • “History of Ecumenism in Samoa: A Re-examination of Ecumenical Activities from the Perspective of the People.” MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, 2020.
  • Revisiting Judas’s Betrayal of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew [26: 14 – 16; 47 -56, 27: 3 – 10], BD Thesis Malua Theological College, 2018.

Esera Esera

MTh Distinction, BTh

Contact Details:

Email:        eesera@malua.edu.ws
Phone:      +685 42303

Qualifications:

MTh Distinction

Pacific Theological College, Fiji

2020

BTh

Malua Theological College, Samoa

2018

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Dissertations

  • So’o-Tulutulu: A Theological-Cultural Approach Towards a Renewed Understanding of Economic Growth in Samoa” MTh Thesis, Pacific Theological College, 2020.
  • “An Economic-Political Reading of 1 Kings 21:1-4 In Light of the LTRA 2008 Controversy” BTh Thesis, Malua Theological College, 2018.
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