23 Nov 2004

Head of American Samoa's largest church forced to step down

11:23 am on 23 November 2004

The chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa the Rev. Elder Anetere'a Misioka has been forced to step down as the head of the territory's largest church.

His resignation was demanded by a committee of church elders based on what some church officials have called false accusations by another reverend whom the chairman had disciplined for improper dealings.

The allegations involve women.

Reverend Elder Misioka was stripped of the chairmanship, his position as a reverend elder and his pastor role.

He was also ordered to leave Fagasa by Sunday.

The reverend has indicated that he will challenge the elders decision.

The Vice Chairman of the CCCAS, Governor Togiola Tulafono, is now the church chairman.