Samuel and Claudia Cianelli


Samuel and Claudia, married since 2009, have a son, Levi, and a daughter,  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 Admin, 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.

Claudia assists him in his pastoral work and leads the Translation Ministry, as a means of including many internationals who join Surf Church Porto each Sunday. Samuel has served as the full-time pastor since October 2009. He is co-leader of the church planting ministry of Surf Church Porto and its current pastor.

Surf Church Porto established in 2015 is a Portugal church planting ministry 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, surf, study, eat and 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.