Hello! I am Timote Piukala, pastor at Tongan UMC, in Mesa, Arizona, and Provisional Elder in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

I am completing my M.Div. at Claremont School of Theology and will begin my Doctorate of Ministry in Fall 2017.    

One reason I chose CST is because of the School’s Hybrid/Online classes. This gives me the freedom to study on my own time while remaining an active leader in my community. I spend a couple weeks per semester at CST and the remainder of my “class” time is spent online, forming community with my classmates.

I could not have put my life on hold to attend seminary. And with support from CST and The United Methodist Church, I am present for both.

THERE ISN’T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DO NOT THANK GOD FOR OUR SCHOLARSHIP DONORS

My family and I are grateful for the opportunity this support has granted me in fulfilling the call that God bestowed upon my life.  Please give generously so that others can continue to serve the Church and communities around the world, while getting their theological degree.