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While everyone is invited to participate and serve in the general movements of these communities, there is a small leadership group dedicating more time to their functions.

Troy and Michelle Pitney

From Portland, Oregon, USA, both Troy and Michelle have hearts dedicated to see surf and skate communities reached for Jesus. Married since 2003, they have 4 kids: Khoen, Fletcher, Kaleah and Sora. They have worked together since 2014 to form the project and leadership of Surf Church Porto. Troy is the leader of the overall church planting project and spends his time in Porto and Viana with the three leaders of the churches that they’ve planted there. Michelle also draws on many years of experience in discipling.

Samuel and Claudia Cianelli

Sam 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. Samuel has served as a full-time pastor since October, 2009. He is co-leader of the church planting ministry of Surf Church and is the current pastor of Surf Church Porto.

Katherine Grabher

Born in Grand Junction, CO, USA. Her father is American and her mother is Portuguese-Brazilian, missionaries to Portugal. Growing up in Portugal, Katherine has a deep understanding of its culture. She has been key in the process of reaching the country’s youth. Katherine has a BA(Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from the University of East London, an Advanced Diploma in Personal Training from YMCA London, and is a CELTA certified English teacher. She is the leader of the women's ministry, the dance/fitness ministry, and overseer of the young adult ministry.