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Pacific Theological College

Rev Dr Faafetai Aiava

Lecturer and Head of Department of Theology and Ethics

At PTC since January 2018


Dr Aiava serves as Lecturer and Head of Department of Theology and Ethics at PTC. He completed a Bachelor of Theology from Malua Theological College and is a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa. Upon completing his Masters in Theology at PTC, he was selected for its Faculty development and received a PhD scholarship. Prior to the successful completion of his doctorate in 2017, he served as a tutor and marker for the Theology and Ethics department as well as the PTC Education by Extension program.


  • PhD (Theology) (Pacific Theological College, Fiji)
  • MTh with Distinction (Pacific Theological College, Fiji)
  • Bachelor of Theology (Malua Theological College, Samoa)


  • “From Inbetween to Inness: Dehyphenating Diasporic Theologies from a Relational Perspective.” In Relational Hermeneutics: Decolonisaing the Mindset and the Pacific Itulagi, edited by Upolu Luma Vaai and Aisake Casimira. Suva: University of the South Pacific and the Pacific Theological College, 2017, 121-142. (Peer reviewed)
  • “Taking Selfies: Honouring faces (Alo) in Theology and Hermeneutics.” In The Relational Self: Decolonising Personhood in the Pacific, edited by Upolu Luma Vaai and Unaisi Nabobo-Baba. Suva: University of the South Pacific & Pacific Theological College, 2017, 257-270. (Peer Reviewed).
  • Book Review: “The Trinity: Global Perspectives, Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Lousville, London: Published by Westminister John Knox Press. Pacific Journal of Theology Series II No.54 (2015)
  • In Progress: “Take the Staff…Command the Rock: A Healing Paradox for Moses’ pain through a Fofo Alamea reading.

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Diaspora and Migration
  • Thesis Writing and Formation
  • Relational Theology
  • Trinitarian theology
  • Contextual theology
  • Gospel and Culture
  • Pacific Hermeneutics

PhD Thesis

“Alofa Relations: A Quest for an Alternative Theology for the Samoan Diaspora.”