BASED in Suva, the capital of Fiji, our programmes support regional churches in the area of Climate Change, Self-Determination, eradication of Gender-based Violence, empowerment of youth and building better relations between faith groups.
Work in 2020 has been impacted by the coronavirus Pandemic but resilience has always been at the center of our plans and we will build back stronger than ever.
FORMED in 1961 by key Pacific figures, the Pacific Conference of Churches was a regional response to a changing world and independence. Church Leaders from Dutch Papua in the West to Samoa in the East gathered to form this regional ecumenical organisation out of former mission churches. From the PCC the Pacific Theological College and South Pacific Association of Theological Schools were formed.
FROM the Gereja Kristen Injili di Tannah Papua (Evangelical Christian Church of Papua) in the West to the Etaretia Porotetani Maohi (Maohi Protestant Church) in the East, the PCC has 30 member churches and eight councils of churches in 18 countries and territories across the region. Our members come from a wide section Christian faith confessions. Two new churches are expected to join the PCC at its next General Assembly in 2023.
EVERY four years the heads of the PCC's member organisations meet to mandate the secretariat's work during a General Assembly. The General Assembly appoints the Moderator, an executive committee (which must include women and young people) and elects the General Secretary. The Executive Committee meets each year and processes the work of the Finance and Business Committee which meets once a quarter. This is our governance structure.
IN their wisdom, the leaders of the PCC have, over the years, invested in property around Suva. The PCC owns four residential, five commercial properties and two vacant blocks of land. These 10 properties are unencumbered and generate revenue for the PCC. Further developments are expected this year to increase organisational self sufficiency and decrease reliance on external funders.
WITHOUT the generosity of funders and partners, the PCC's work would not be possible. Our current funders are Bread for the World, Global Ministries, KAIROS, the Methodist Church in Britain, UNICEF and UN Women. We have a number of partnerships with Uniting World.
REVEREND James Bhagwan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji. Appointed by the General Assembly in 2018 he has been active in reviving PCC relationships, recruiting new partners and increasing the organisation's visibility as well as introducing a five-year strategic plan. Rev Bhagwan holds a Bachelor of Divinity from the Pacific Theological College and a Masters in Theology from Korea.
FRANCES Namoumou has been involved in climate change, displacement and disaster management for over 20 years. She has worked for the World Council of Churches and the Adventist Relief Agency. Frances heads the Stewardship and Climate Change Team as well as having oversight of all PCC Programmes. A graduate of the University of the South Pacific, Frances is a member of the Methodist Church in Fiji
JULIE Chang-Tusulu heads the Finance and Administration team and worked for the World Council of Churches Pacific office and chartered accountancy firm KPMG before joining the PCC. She is responsible for planning, budget preparation and general administration. Julie is a board member of local NGO, Transcend Oceania. She is graduate of the Fiji National University and a member of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva.
NETANI Rika is responsible for development and communications. A trained journalist with 30 years of experience in communications and management, he is responsible for ensuring visibility of PCC activities and developing a pathway for organisational self-sustainability. A product of the University of New South Wales Graduate School of Management, he is a member of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva
ADI Mariana Waqa has been involved in several programmes involving children, including a book club which encourages reading and improves literacy in Suva's informal settlements. Prior to joining the PCC staff, Mariana worked as a researcher for the Columban Missionary Society. She holds a Degree in Theology and is a member of the Roman catholic Archdiocese of Suva.
GEOFFREY Nainoca is an accountant who has served as a missionary in New Zealand and Africa. He holds positions on the boards of a number of faith based organisations and is a pastor in the Gospel Brethren church.
KINI Saratibau worked in the Methodist Church in Fiji Communications Office before joining the PCC. She assists in finance and administration work and is a member of the Methodist Church.
ELIA Rakavono started work with the PCC as a casual labourer, maintaining a numer of our sites. He is now the maintenance office, responsible for five commercial and four residential buildings. With a strong background in carpentry and agriculture, Elia is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
SILIVE Nanovu is the face and voice of the PCC, handling all front office inquiries. Prior to joining the staff, Silive worked at the University of the South Pacific's TAFE programme and studied catering at the Fiji National University. She is a member of the Methodist Church in Fiji.
WE have two interns on staff - Imaima Vaai from Samoa and Robert (RJ) Howard from the United States. Imaima (left) and RJ (right) have worked since the beginning of the year conducting desk top research on climate change. Imaima - from Samoa's Methodist Church - will spend the next 12 months on advocacy among regional youth on climate change issues. RJ - from Global Ministries in the US - will continue with research support.
ARE you a young person interested in working in the areas of climate change, self-determination, disaster resilience, youth or other advocacy? Do you have a talent to share in music, painting or dance? Perhaps your church might support us in helping to groom you for leadership. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVERY two years a group of Pacific church leaders gathers to discuss issues of relevance ranging from climate change to nuclear testing and gender-based violence to political self-determination. The meeting serves as a reminder to the PCC Secretariat, churches and regional organisations on the important role the church plays in the region. The Pacific Church Leaders' Meeting is a cross section of the PCC General Assembly and is represented by churches from the Northern Pacific, Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia. Last year, representatives of the Australian government were invited to discuss issues of mutual interest - including migrant workers - with the PCLM at a meeting held at the Pacific Theological College.
THE Executive Committee meets once a year as a general assembly outside the governing General Assembly. Headed by the PCC Moderator, Reverend Dr Tevita Havea, (pictured) of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, its members are: Deaconess Tamalesi Makutu, Methodist Church in Fiji and Deputy Moderator (by Constitution the posts of moderator and deputy must be male and female or vice versa); Pastor Wakira, Eglise Protestante de Kanaky Nouvelle Caledonie (Francophone representative); Shane Ashley, Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea (Youth representative); Deaconess Salanieta Naucabalavu, Methodist Fiji (Womens representative); Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Catholic Bishops Conference; Pastor Kalahati Kilei, Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu and Esline Toamavule, Church of Christ Vanuatu (small churches); Reverend Sepi'uta Hala'api'api, Diocese of Polynesia and Nga Mataio, Cook Islands Christian Church (medium churches); Elder Mafutaga Fa'alegoa, Congregational American Samoa and Reverend Tunupopo Patu, Congregational Samoa (large churches); Rev Tevita Nawadra, Fiji and Rev Ikani Tolu, Tonga (national councils of churches). The Principal of the Pacific Theological College and General Secretary of the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools are members of the committee.
THE Finance and General Business Committee is the first line of governance for the PCC Secretariat. It comprises Livai Tuisaravere, trustee and former accountant of the Methodist Church in Fiji; Reverend Dr Bruce Yeats of the St Andrew's Church in Suva; Father Hrildatho Ranola of CEPAC (Episcopal Conference of the Pacific); and the General Secretary of the PCC. This committee is mandated to meet once a quarter and reports to the Executive Committee.