Samuel and Claudia Cianelli


Samuel and Claudia have been married since 2009 and have a son named Levi and a daughter named Lailah. Samuel is Portuguese-Brazilian, born in the city of Santos, São Paulo province, Brazil. He studied at Vale de Bemção (Valley of Blessing) Bible Seminary and has a degree in Business Administration, as well as post-graduate studies in Sports from the University of Porto, majoring in Surf Instruction and SUP. He uses this latter course to reach Portuguese youth, especially during Summer. Claudia assists him in his work of the pastorate and as leader of the Translation Ministry, as a means of including the many foreigners that join Surf Church Porto each Sunday. Samuel has served as a full-time pastor since October 2009. He is co-leader of the church planting ministry of Surf Church Porto and is its current pastor.

Surf Church Porto is a church planting ministry in Portugal that started in 2015. It is a community of people who have found or are currently discovering “fullness of life” as Jesus has promised in the Bible (John 10:10). We worship together, surf together, study together, eat together, and walk through life together. We have found that everything is better when we open our hearts to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. All things then, from surfing to creating art become acts of worship, as we do what we love for the One we love.