OUR TEACHING FACULTY
Director and Instructor
Rocco Pierce holds a B.S. in Bible and a Masters of Ministry from Freed-Hardeman University. He has 36 years of full-time ministry experience. He spent twenty-four years serving as a pulpit minister for congregations in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. He also has experience teaching for Bear Valley Bible Institute, Pacific Islands Bible College, Freed-Hardeman University, and Bible Institute of the Americas. In total, he has over twelve years of full-time missions experience serving in the nations of the Pacific: Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Chuuk, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Fiji.
Academic Dean and Instructor
Jason Pierce is a 2000 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee with a degree in Bible (Missions). In 2012, he completed his M.A. in New Testament at FHU. He and his wife, Devan, have four sons: Austin, Cory, Caleb, and Nathan. Jason has served as a full-time missionary in Moscow, Russia, as well as doing short-term campaigns in the South Pacific. He spent eleven years in full-time pulpit ministry in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and Parsons, Tennessee. He currently serves as the Academic Dean and a full-time instructor of BIR in Suva, Fiji, where he has taught since September 2016.
Emosi Sailo is a 2018 graduate of the Bible Institute at Raiwaqa. He attended BIR from September 2016 until graduating in November 2018. Emosi has been preaching and teaching for eighteen years at the Raiwaqa Church of Christ in Suva, Fiji. He has been actively involved in his own personal evangelism ministry since 2009. Emosi joined the teaching staff of the Bible Institute in February 2019. He currently teaches classes in the full-time program at the Bible Institute. He also directs and teaches classes for the night program once a week. In 2021, he was appointed to serve as one of the elders for the Raiwaqa Church of Christ.
Peter Lee is a 2018 graduate of the Bible Institute at Raiwaqa. He currently serves as the financial officer for the program overseeing payroll, banking, and meeting government guidelines for the school.
Jacinta Saurara is a 2020 graduate of BIR. Her husband, Lesio Saurara, is a 2020 graduate and serves as an elder at the Raiwaqa Church of Christ. Jacinta began working as the school librarian in 2022.