The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has appointed a new General Secretary, as its annual conference at Malua gets underway.
Reverend Vavatau Taufao, who had previously been the Director of Education for the Church, won the vote yesterday.
He collected 383 votes as opposed to the other nominee, Reverend Talia Tapaleao who had 348 votes.
Rev. Taufao takes over from former Secretary General, Reverend Afereti Uili, who has been stood down by the Church’s Elders Committee over an allegation of a sexual nature against him.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Rev. Taufao said he is “humbled” and “honoured” to be elected as the new General Secretary for the Church.
“To me, it was not an easy decision (to run),” he said. “But I guess this is God’s will through the church. It’s an honour for me to be given this great opportunity to serve the Church in this capacity. I will do my best to work for the betterment of the church.”
Rev. Taufao admitted that he had never really entertained the idea of becoming the Secretary General.
“Never in my mind that I thought I would become a General Secretary at this time,” he said. “But I’m grateful and I am honoured.
“I would like to say that I thank the Church for trusting me and believing in my abilities to carry out this role.” Looking ahead, Rev. Taufao said he is keen to continue the work that has already been started. That includes a couple of key building projects that are incomplete.
“It all depends on the church and what they want me to do,” he said. “Whatever they say, I’ll follow." The Church’s Deputy Chairman, Rev. Elder Tavita Roma, congratulated Rev. Taufao on his new appointment.
“On behalf of the Church General Assembly, I would like to welcome you, Rev. Vavatau on your new role as General Secretary of the Church,” Rev. Elder Roma said. “We wish you all the best and may the Lord be with you always.”
Rev. Vavatau Taufao hails from the village of Piu, Falealili. The 55-year-old is married to Roina and they have three children.