The Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) has followed in the footsteps of the South Pacific Division (SPD) by merging a number of its departments into a single overarching ministry.
The move to the new leadership structure was announced during the TPUM’s constituency meetings, held this past weekend at Union headquarters in Suva, Fiji.
Pastor Nasonia Lutunaliwa and Faffetai Matai will lead the TPUM’s new Discipleship Ministries team, with Dr Ron Stone and Bev Norman working closely with the team as the Union’s Ministerial secretary and Education director, respectively.
Luke Bapty and Fraser Alekevu were named associate chief financial officers for the Union, with former associate CFO Eparama Drou taking on the role of internal auditor.
The leadership restructure has allowed the TPUM to renew its focus on Health Ministries. The Union now has a full-time director working in the area of health, where in the past it only had a “liaison”.
Dr Silent Tovosia, who had been serving as Health Ministries director for the Solomon Islands Mission, was appointed to the new position during this past weekend’s meetings.
“There is a health crisis in the Pacific,” said HopeChannel South Pacific director Pastor Wayne Boehm, who has served as the TPUM’s Health Ministries liaison previously. “The addition of the health portfolio at the Union will provide crucial support to the Missions as they seek to disciple and transform the Pacific in accordance with the Union’s vision.”
New TPUM president Pastor Maveni Kaufononga, who was appointed to the position during the SPD’s executive committee meetings, will also serve as the Union’s Communication director.
The SPD’s new leadership structure was voted in November 2014, and given the name “Discipleship Ministries” during the meetings held at Division headquarters in Wahroonga (NSW) earlier this month.