Rev Dr Faafetai Aiava

Dr Faafetai AiavaDr 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.


Educational Qualifications

  • 2017 — PhD (Theology) (Pacific Theological College, Fiji)
  • 2013 — MTh with Distinction (Pacific Theological College, Fiji)
  • 2011 — Bachelor of Theology (Malua Theological College, Samoa)

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.”


  1. “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)
  2. “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).
  3. 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)
  4. In Progress: “Take the Staff…Command the Rock: A Healing Paradox for Moses’ pain through a Fofo Alamea reading.