Samoan Congregational Community Church of Carson

Meet the Members

Fiatupu Esera Atiumaletavai, FS

Ole ulua’I igoa sa fa’aigoaina ai, o Esera Esera Atiumaletavai.  Ma ua suia nei ile igoa e pei ona ta’ua I luga, Fiatupu Esera Atiumaletavai, ma ua fa’amauina fa’a-le-tulafono.

Fanau mai ia Oketopa I lona aso valu ile tausaga Ali’I, tasi le afe iva selau fasefulu male valu; ile nu’u o Gataivai I Utulei, I Amerika Samoa.  Fa’aipoipo atu ia Ta’imua Ulugalu  I Ta’u Manu’a.  Ma fa’amanuiaina ai ile ma fanau e to’aono. 

A’oa’oina ile Elementary I Utulei, aga’I atu ai ile Poyer Junior High, ma fa’ai’uina ile a’oga maualuga aSamoana High School, I Utulei Amerika Samoa.  Sa galue ile Ofisa o Lafoga ale Malo Amerika Samoa (Tax Office).  Ma sa galue fo’I ile Ofisa ole Soifua Maloloina (Public Health, EPA Public Safe Drinking Water); ose asiasi Tumama (Public Health Inspector; Fiji Sch. Of Medicine)  Ulufale atu ile Kolisi Fa’afaife’au ale EFKS(Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa) I Malua Western Samoa ile 1979 – 1982.  Ona vala’auina lea ile galuega               fa’a-faifeau ile afio’aga o Lotofaga I Aleipata ile tausaga e 1983.  Fa’au’uina mole Upu male Sakarameta ile tausaga e 1985.  Ole ma’ea o tausaga e ono, ona se’e mai lea I Tutuila ma galue ai ile afio’aga I Aasufou, ile ma’ea o tausaga e fa; ona vala’auina lea e galue mo le Ekalesia Aoao e pulea lona fale Lomitusi.  Sa vala’auina e galulue ile Ekalesia ole Ala ile Ola I Seattle Uosigitone, ole ma’ea o tausaga e fa, ona malolo lea male galuega.  Ae ile tausaga e 2004 ona toe vala’auina lea o I ma’ua ele Ekalesia; Samoan Congregational Community Church of Carson (SCC), ma o lea o lo’o ma galulue ai nei.

TA’IMUA U. ATIUMALETAVAI:

Sa fanau o ia ile nu’u o Ta’u I Manua, Amerika Samoa, ile masina o Aukuso aso sefulu male valu, tausaga Alii, tasi le afe iva selau fa sefulu male ono.  Sa a’oa’oina I Papatea, aga’I atu ai lea I Atauloma le a’oga ale Ekalesia Samoa.  Fa’aauauina ai lea ile A’oga Maualuga Samoana High School I Utulei, Amerika Samoa.  Fa’aipoipo atu ia Fiatupu E. Atiumaletavai’ e to’aono o la alo.  Ma avea ole Faletua ole Faifeau, ina ua galulue ile galuega e pei ona ta’ua I luga.





Taito & Ruta Alofaituli


Taito Failautusi Alofaituli and Ruta O’Brien Alofaituli have been members of the Samoan Congregational Church in Carson since its inception.  It has been a journey that we would not trade for anything.  We both have dedicated our lives to the service to God through this Church ministry and we have brought up our children in this spiritual environment. 


Taito became a deacon at the age of 22 in the year 1970. Two years later he married Ruta O’Brien.  Taito hails from the village of Vatia, Amerika Samoa and is the eldest son of HC Failautusi Seuseu Alofaituli and Faimalie Taito Williams of Manase, Savai’i.  Ruta is the daughter of Ekueta Uelese O’Brien of Funafuti, Tuvalu and Avaavau Pola of Aunu’u, Amerika Samoa. 

Taito and Ruta have four children.  The eldest daughter is Kaisalina Theresa Alofaituli.  Their second daughter is Qwendolyn Teuwilla Sale who is married to Niusuamalie Sale.  They have three children:  Failmalie, Kenneth, and O’Brien.  The youngest son is Kip Alofaituli who is married to Masani Seuga and they have one daughter, Mable.  Their other son is Brian Alofaituli.  In addition to the four, both Taito and Ruta have two additions to their family, Kaisalina Taito and Seuseu Alofaituli.  We have all dedicated our lives to the service to God through our ministry and it has been an extremely exciting journey for all of us. 

We have come a long way with our ministry and through that journey we had crossed through the valley of death many times.  We lost a lot of our Christian families and friends along the way.  However, we continue to believe that their dreams and their hearts continue to live among us.  God saw the desires of our hearts throughout these many years and His timing is always perfect!  Our time is now!  As Scripture states in Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” 

Malo galulue!  Malo tauivi!  Ia viia le Atua.

Thank you for remaining faithful to God and His work.

 

Moeiseu & Paepae Alofaituli

 Tagaloa Moeiseu Tautua  Alofaituli and Taufaoa Paepaeoali’i Alofaituli have been members of the Samoan Congregational Church in Carson since 1975.  They are from the village of Vatia, American Samoa. Tagaloa Moeiseu Alofatiuli  is the son of HC Seuseu Alofaituli & Lealoa Feagaimaali’i Tagoilelagi from Vatia, American Samoa.   Taufaoa Paepaeoali’i  is the daughter of HC Siafono Patea & Polatai Tuiasosopo Patea from the village of Vatia, American Samoa.  

Moeiseu & Taufaoa immigrated to America from American Samoa in 1972.  They have 10 children.   Currently residing with them is their youngest daughter Lorita Alofaituli, grand-daughter Bernalee & her husband Peter Tauanu’u with their son Tone.

Moeiseu is the S.C.C. Moderator and an Orator.   As a Moderator, Moeiseu continues to motivate the church in many ways especially teaching the Fa’asamoa and constantly reminding his church family of thegrace of God & how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.  Tagaloa Moeiseu & Taufaoa Paepaeoalii will continue to commit their lives in serving God with an unwavering faith and devotion for he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.






Teumalo & Faototo'a Ulufanua

Teumalo and Faitotoa Ulufanua are of the few original members remaining at the Samoan Congregational Community Church of Carson.  They are long time residents in the City of Carson since its’ incorporation in 1968.  Faitotoa is presently the President of the Women’s Fellowship and Teumalo is one of the elders and deacon of the church with most of his time serving as the Secretary since its’ foundation in 1973. 

 

Teumalo is the son of Lagituiva To'oto'o and Ulufanua and was born and raised in the village of Olosega, Manu’a in American Samoa.  It was in his 1959 that he came over and lived with his older brother Lefoi in California and attended Harbor College.  Following the birth of his first child in December 1961, he joined the Navy and 4 years shortly thereafter, started working at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach where he retired after 30 years of service. 

 

Faitotoa is the daughter of Siatumauga Alaimalo and Leafa, born in the village of Saleaumoa in Western Samoa.  It was an early age that she traveled to American Samoa and lived in the village of Auasi where this became the place that she called home.  Faitotoa had attended and graduated from an all-girl school.  It was in 1959, that she was commissioned by her older brother and sister-in-law to California to assist in the care of their young children.  Faitotoa known to many of her friends and family as “Dora” was committed in raising her children and faithfully attending church.  Faitotoa was also devoted in providing for her family in working hard and supporting them financially and after 20 years of service, she retired from TRW.  

 

In 1959, both Teumalo and Faitotoa had come to California met as neighbors, dated and married in March of 1961. 

 

Teumalo and Faitotoa have a total of five children, Elvis, Joy, Janny, Edwin and Rasela, all who are now married with children.  All of their five children were raised in the Samoan culture, tradition and faithfully participated in Sunday School, Choir and Youth events at S.C.C.  They currently have a total of 17 grandchildren and quite often travel and spend vacation together.  They’re faith and belief in God and commitment to their church has kept them long standing members and active at S.C.C.






The Qualls Family
My Name is Alofa Salamo and my husband Kevin Qualls were married in 1990 and were blessed with one son, Kevin Fiatala Qualls; AKA: K.J.

My husband Kevin Qualls was born and raised in Los Angeles and I was born in Apia Western Samoa. Our son was born in Santa Monica, CA and is now a Freshman at El Segundo High School. My parents are Fuimaono Salamo Petaia of Apia and the late beloved Mom: Sagote Fa'amelea Vaifale from the village of Lepea.

My grandmother Luma'ava and husband Reverend Fiatala Petaia Tuatagaloa were ordained ministers of EFKS (LMS) in Upolu. They have rooted our faith in God and instilled Jesus as "The Center and Focus of our family." Thus made me realize the importance of strengthening my belief and exercising the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in my immediate family. The same teachings are also taught in our worship at S.C.C. and is exercised through our volunteer work as a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Choir, bingo volunteer, member of the Women's fellowship and an ordained Deaconess in the year 2006.

Our son Kevin Jr. attends Sunday School, Youth group activities and enjoys singing in the Choir with his theatrical Pavarotti tenor voice to Praise God.

Our family motto is from the Bible Verse of Joshua 24:15: "BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD."





Moeva'a & Merita Pulemagafa

Moeva’a Kapeneta Pulemagafa and Merita Failautusi Pulemagafa were married September 2, 1987 in Long Beach, CA.  They have 3 children.  Faith is attending college while Ivory Sueanna and William are attending Carson High School.  They began their Christian duties by becoming part of the S.C.C. committed members in 1987 and ordained as a deacon in 1990 under the leadership of late Reverend Apela Moananu and Faletua Susana.  Moeva’a is from the village of Luatuanu’u, Samoa.  Moeva’a served  as a choir director for many years and is now the Treasurer for the church. 

Merita is from the village of Vatia, American Samoa.  Merita grew up in the SCC church with her late father Failautusi Seuseu Alofaituli was one of the founders of the church.  Merita served the Lord using many of her talents.  Merita was a dedicated Sunday School teacher for more than 25 years.  Merita is also the Secretary for the Women Fellowship Association.  The addition to her family is her oldest sister, Loretta who came to be with them after mother Faimalie Williams was called home.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.





Jack & Joy O'Brien 

Jack and Joy O’Brien have been active members of the Samoan Congregational Church of Carson since 1997.  They have one child, a daughter named Taylor Summer Janny O’Brien and reside in the City of Carson. 

 

Jack Nemaia O’Brien Jr. is the son of the late Reverend Siaki Nemaia and Laitu O’Brien and was born in Hawaii and raised in Vaitogi, American Samoa.  Jack is also the brother-in-law of the late Reverend Apela Moananu who was a former pastor for S.C.C. back in 1980.  He is the youngest of 10 children and moved to Northern California to live with one of his sisters as a young teen to seek a better education.  Jack is currently the President of the Board for S.C.C. and takes on the duties of maintaining the church grounds.  Jack is also a deacon of the church and actively participates in the role of assisting the Pastor with Communion.  Jack’s passion is to learn and partake in the Samoan tradition and custom which is still carried on within the church.  His other passion is that of golf and spending time with his daughter Taylor.

 

Joy Joanne Ulufanua O’Brien is the eldest daughter of Teumalo and Faitotoa Ulufanua, born in San Pedro and raised in the City of Carson, California.  Joy was raised in the traditional Samoan home and has attended S.C.C. since its’ inception in 1973.  She attended primary and secondary schools all in the City of Carson and graduated college from Cal State Long Beach.  Joy has been an active member in the choir for many years in playing the piano and teaching songs.  Joy’s current title at S.C.C. is the Auditor in providing the service of auditing all financial documents and providing recommendations in future investments. 

 

Jack and Joy met at S.C.C. back in 1987, had a common interest in sports, dated and married in July of 1997.  They were blessed with a beautiful daughter in March of 2002 and named her Taylor Summer Janny O’Brien.  They currently raise their daughter in the hopes of bringing her up with values, traditions and respect that will stay with her as a young lady.  Their commitment to the church comes from their relationship with God in trusting, obeying and believing in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.  For it is by grace that we are saved through faith…





Faigaumu & Fa'aiuga Viliamu

Faigaumu Viliamu came to the States in 1977 and grew up in the SCC. Faigaumu met Fa'aiuga (Una) Tufele Pouono and started their spiritual journey with the SCC Church. They were married April 15th, 1989 and were blessed with 5 beautiful children. Keith Panama & Viliamu Johnson are attending colleges now. Dylonn Tausagafou is in High School. Arron Joseph (AJ) is in Junior High while our baby girl, Destynie-Apotala Pasadena Siitia is in Primary School.

 

Faigaumu Viliamu is the son of Osoimalo Viliamu who is the Lay Minister for the SCC Church and he’s from the village of Lepea, Samoa.  His mother is Fiatele Alofaituli from the village of Vatia.  Faigaumu serves in many ministries including Choir committee, Deacon Fellowship and is currently the Assistant Treasurer for the SCC Church.   Una is the daughter of late, Saveatama Panama Pouono  from the village of Siumu, Samoa.   Una’s late mother, Pesega Tufele Pouono is from the village of Pago Pago, American Samoa.   Una has also dedicated her life to the Lord through many ministries she serves such as , Women Fellowship, Choir and is the Bingo Manager for the SCC Fund Raising Committee.  God will always remain as the center of our family.  We will serve the Lord with all of our hearts and soul.

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