Samoan ministerDied when: 89 years 234 days (1075 months)
Star Sign: Libra
Samani Pulepule (13 October 1923 – 4 June 2013), formally His Eminence and Most Reverend, Chief Apostle Dr.Samani Pulepule was a Samoan minister from the early 1950s in the Assemblies of God movement.
Dr Pulepule was also the Chief Apostle of the Samoan Assemblies of God in New Zealand for over 40 years and was elected as the World Chairman of the Samoan Assemblies of God International.
Also the Tokelauan Assemblies of God and Tuvaluan Assemblies of God came under his leadership.He was the senior pastor for the Grey Lynn Samoan Assemblies of God congregation in Auckland.
It was one of the fastest growing and largest Samoan congregations in the world.Pulepule also planted over 100 churches throughout New Zealand, and was a leading force in the establishment of the Samoan Assemblies of God around the world where Samoan communities were present.
In Australia he planted over 60 Samoan Assemblies of God Congregations.He was heavily involved in mission work, especially in Samoa and American Samoa where almost 200 congregations make up the District Council of the Assemblies of God in Samoa.
His leadership reached mainland USA which currently has over 90 Samoan congregations mainly in states along the west coast.Pulepule also administered the establishment of the Samoan Assemblies of God in Hawaii and Alaska where together over 50 congregations thrive.
In the 1990s Pulepule assisted in the establishing of the Samoan Assemblies of God in England and Germany.The World Tongan Assemblies of God fellowship began when the Tongan leaders sought assistance from Pulepule who helped establish a worldwide movement.
In 2005 the New Zealand Samoan movement he led went through a phase of division where 40 churches stayed under the Assemblies of God in New Zealand umbrella, and 45 churches left and became an autonomous fellowship under his direction.
Since 2005 the church under his direction has grown from 45 to over 80 at this present time, and the church continues to grow and is still known to be the fastest growing Pentecostal movement in New Zealand.
On 25 September 2011, Pulepule officially resigned from all his posts of chief apostle, general superintendent and world chairman in the Samoan Assemblies of God movement.
In attendance were the former general superintendents of the Assemblies of God in New Zealand, Assemblies of God leaders around the world, the mayor of Auckland, the Auckland City Council and Members of Parliament as well as leaders of all the other Pentecostal denominations who all paid tribute to Pulepule and the First Lady.
Since the beginning of the Samoan Assemblies of God in New Zealand, the church group have rejected many traditional Samoan cultural practices.
Pulepule was known as one of the eldest serving pastors in the Southern Hemisphere.His wife, First Lady Sapapali'i Pulepule, died on 21 May 2013.
Pulepule died two weeks later on 4 June 2013.Thousands attended both memorial services for two great pioneers in the Assemblies of God movement.
The New Zealand Government also presented gifts, and the national flag of New Zealand was draped over their coffins.