Samoan missionary with local ties is new United States citizen
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Rev. Tatupu Fiti proudly displays his naturalization papers after being sworn in as a United States citizen.
The Rev. Tatupu Fiti, a native of Samoa who is married to a former Coaldale resident, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a ceremony held Feb. 26 in Pittsburgh. He now has citizenship with both countries.
Rev. Tatupu and his wife, the Rev. Megan Ann (Reichelderfer) Fiti, are missionaries with Assemblies of God Ministries, based in Springfield, Mo.
Rev. Tatupu earned a bachelor's degree in theology in Samoa and was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister on May 3 in Woodbridge, Va.
The couple recently began a four-year assignment on Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia.
Rev. Tatupu is the son of Iliui Fiti of Samoa and the late Fiti Aumoto.
Rev. Megan Ann is the daughter of Mrs. Megan Reichelderfer of Lake Hauto and the late Harry Reichelderfer.