Who We Are

We are the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS);  known in our native Samoa as, “Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano i Amerika Samoa (EFKAS).”  

We are a fellowship of more than 100 Samoan Christian congregations located throughout American Samoa, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.  We are united in our passion to serve God, to faithfully follow Jesus Christ, and to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in carrying out our ministry and mission to the world.

Our History

As Samoan congregations, our roots can be traced as far back as to the year 1830, when a group of missionaries from the London Missionary Society (LMS) arrived on the shores of  Samoa to preach the Gospel.  Led by Rev. John Williams, these missionaries quickly established themselves in Samoa and proceeded to spread the Gospel all throughout the Samoan islands.  In the process, the first Christian church was established formally known as the ‘Samoan Church LMS.’  Locals referred to it simply as the ‘Lotu Ta’iti’ (Tahitian church), signifying the place that Rev. Williams and his group of LMS missionaries originated prior to arriving in Samoa.

In 1961, after more than 130 years since its establishment, the name ‘Samoan Church LMS’ was changed to the ‘Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (CCCS).’  In 1980, when local member congregations in American Samoa sought independence from those in (Western) Samoa, the name “Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS)” was adopted, which we continue to carry til this day.  Since our inception, the CCCAS has firmly established herself throughout American Samoa, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Our Faith

As a fellowship of Samoan Christian believers, the following are a few of the basic beliefs that lie at the heart of our faith as Christians.  With the “Apostle’s Creed” laying the foundation, we also believe in the following:

  • Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, is Lord and Savior; who reigns over all and cares over all;
  • The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, is the ultimate source of authority for Christian living, which includes all that is necessary for salvation;
  •  The ministry is a gift of God, through Christ for His Church, given to us for the betterment of life and the service of all humanity.  The Church represents God to humanity in its testimony and loving service to others, and represents the world before God, through her prayers of thanksgiving and praise, confession and intercession;
  • Corporate worship to God is the very core in the life of the congregation, for the Church is the fellowship of those who have covenanted to live harmoniously in new life, through their common faith, nourished by grace.