Rev Dr Donald Samuel

Donald_SamuelDonald Samuel serves as a lecturer in the department of Church Ministry.

At PTC since January 2015

Dr. Samuel is an ordained minister in the Church of South India (CSI). He has served eleven years as a minister in the Church of South India, and tutored in the Church Workers Theological Training Program of the CSI Kanyakumari diocese. Just before joining PTC, he has served as Senior Lecturer and the Head, Religions and Ministry Studies at Kanana Fou Theological Seminary, American Samoa for about eleven years, through the tripartite Partnership in Mission of the CSI, Council for World Mission (CWM) and the Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa. Donald was a Frontier Intern of the World Council of Churches (Mission and Evangelism) at Geneva, Switzerland, serving four years, primarily as a facilitator at the International (Ecumenical) Leadership formation Programme of the World Student Christian Federation, based in Norway. In turn, he joined the Botswana Christian Council, Africa where he served two years as a tutor and eventually six years as the Principal of Kgolagano Ecumenical College. While in Botswana, he also served on voluntary basis as Convener, National Network of Community Workers (N.G.O.) and as Convener, Coordinating Committee for Theological Education by Extension Programmes in Africa.

Contact

Email: Donald.Samuel@ptc.ac.fj

Educational Qualifications

  •  B.Sc (Madurai Kamaraj University, India)
  • B.D. (Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, India)
  • M.A (Madurai Kamaraj University, India)
  • M.Phil (Madurai Kamaraj University, India)
  • Ph.D (Religion, Madurai Kamaraj University India)
  • M.Th. (University of South Africa)
  • D.Th (Practical Theology, University of South Africa) and
  • Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education, ACPE, Michigan, USA

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Dialogue among people of different faiths
  • Theological education to the parishioners
  • Liberation Theology
  • Contextual theology
  • Social Analysis / Social Action

Recent Publications/Writings (since 2000)

Books

  •  Walking along with … : An Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling, Tautua Printing Press, CCCAS, American Samoa, 2014
  •  Amazing Universe of Religions: Mission today, in a Multi-religious World, Tautua Printing Press, CCCAS, American Samoa, 2014
  •  Poems of Grace, Tautua Printing Press, CCCAS, American Samoa, 2014
  •  In the Unity of our Faith and Knowledge of Christ, ISPCK, New India 2008
  •  Arulurai Kainool 2004 (Ed.), (CSI Kanyakumari Diocesan Handbook of Sermons, in Tamil), pub: CSI Diocesan Press, Nagercoil, S.India
  •  Hugh Neems, Beyond The Reef, (Book Review, 2005), Inside Out, Issue 47, Council for World Mission

Articles

  •  As we get to know Christ and His Power of Resurrection more…, pp. 8 – 10, Lomiga, Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, March – April 2014, Pub: CCCAS, Pago Pago, American Samoa
  •  Onward in God’s Mission: Beyond Ethnicentrism and Relativism, pp. 10 – 14, Lomiga, Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, September – October 2013, Pub: CCCAS, Pago Pago, American Samoa
  •  God does What God Says (Ao O Lou Malo), pp. 5 – 7, Lomiga, Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, November-December 2012, Pub: CCCAS, Pao Pago, American Samoa.
  •  White Sunday’: Christian Discipleship Today, pp. 4 – 6, Lomiga, Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, September-October 2012, Pub: CCCAS, Pao Pago, American Samoa.
  •  God is Our Hope in World Mission Today, pp. 9 – 11, Lomiga, Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, July-August 2012, (Paper presented to the General Assembly of the CCCAS, 2012) Pub: CCCAS, Pago Pago, American Samoa
  •  Mission: learning God’s ways, pp 10-11, Inside Out, January 2011, Issue 59, Council for World Mission, www.cwmission.org.
  •  Theology of Ifoga, pp 50-62, Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology, 2010, Vol X. Pub: Center for Asian Studies, Claremont School of Theology, CA 91711
  •  Grace and Social Justice in Saiva Sidhantham, pp 52-63, Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology, 2005-2006, Vol VII. Pub: Center for Asian Studies, Claremont School of Theology, CA 91711.
  • Theological Education: A Gift of Grace, pp.4-6, CSI Life, July 2010, Vol ix, Issue 07, Pub: CSI Synod, Chennai – 600 158, India
  • God’s Reign Transforms and Fulfils Our Discipleship, pp.12 – 14, CSI Life, April 2010, Vol ix, Issue 04, Pub: CSI Synod, Chennai – 600 158, India
  •  God’s Ongoing Mission in Our Beloved Nation Today (in Tamil), The NMS Triennial Council Souvenir, The National Missionary Society (NMS) India. September 2013
  •  In God’s World, In God’s Image (in Tamil), The Diocesan Thanksgiving Souvenir (Theme: In God’s World, Called to be One), CSI Kanyakumari Diocesan Press, Nagercoil, S.India. November 2012
  •  Church in Kanya Kumari: An Enabler for Peace with Justice (in Tamil), The Sesquicentenary Celebrations of Desopakari, CSI Kanyakumari Diocesan Press, Nagercoil, S.India. July 2011
  •  CSI Kanyakumari Diocese and the values of God’s Reign (in Tamil), The Golden Jubilee Souvenir, CSI Kanyakumari Diocesan Press, Nagercoil, S.India. September 2009