11 Jun 2009

Samoa church minister sacked over secret bank loan application

9:49 am on 11 June 2009

A minister of the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa has been sacked by angry members of a parish over a secret bank loan application.

The minister, who had serving the parish for more than ten years, had sought a bank loan using the name of the parish without the knowledge and consent of church members.

A member of the church says they decided to sack the minister because of breach of trust.

A source says the minister and his wife were approached with the decision to leave when they returned from the annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church two weeks ago.

The council of church elders, or Fono a le au Toea'ina, will be meeting in two months to discuss the case.