Why does Brazil need more churches?

Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world, with a population of approximately 220 million people. A country the size of a continent, it harbors many different cultures. Brazil is home to the world’s largest forest and also the fourth most populous city in the world, São Paulo. It is also estimated that the indigenous population in Brazil currently stands at 1.3 million people. Beyond its diversity, we face some other challenges in Brazil…

In the last census in 2010, the figures showed that 23% of the Brazilian population identified as evangelical, but what we see is an exponential growth of prosperity theology and churches not centered on the gospel. At the same time, Brazil is a country with economic and religious freedom, placing us in the second position among countries sending the most missionaries to other nations, just behind the United States.

Acts 29 in Brazil began affiliating churches in 2016, and we are approaching the end of 2023 with approximately 40 partner churches in our network, and dozens of other churches in the evaluation process.

Brazil needs more gospel-centered churches, not just to reach our own country but also because we understand that, as the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, we can be instrumental in training planters and establishing new churches in other Portuguese-speaking countries, such as: Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Timor-Leste.

We would like to invite you to cooperate with us in this great challenge.

Church Planter

Are you 28 or older, planning to plant in the next 18 months, and formally affirmed by your local church? This process will assess your strengths and weaknesses for planting.


Existing Church

Are you 28 years or older and pastoring a church that wants to join Acts 29? This track will assess whether your church can partner with Acts 29.


Church to Church Partnership Opportunities

Em Reforma church, Brazil

Emanuel & Lara Malinoski

For more information on this partner church please click on the link below.


Cristiano Gaspar


Regional Director | Brazil

Cristiano serves as the Director of Acts 29 Brazil. Previously, Cristiano was the first assessment coordinator for Acts 29 in the Portuguese language. Additionally, he is the pastor of the Redentor Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cristiano was also the planter of the Comunidade Batista de Macaé Church and currently acts as a mentor at the FOCO Theological Seminary. He holds degrees in Theology and Business Administration. Cristiano worked for fourteen years in the Oil and Gas industry before working full-time in ministry. He is married to Edna and is the father of Mariana and Alice.
Filipe Niel


Assessment Coordinator

Filipe serves as the assessment coordinator for Acts 29 Brazil. In addition, he is the Pastor of Nova Vida Baptist Church in Caldas Novas - GO, where Filipe has been serving for twelve years since leading a replanting process. Filipe also serves as the President of the FOCO Ministerial Theological Seminary, where he acts as a mentor and teaches several subjects. He is married to Marina, and together they are raising a daughter and a son.
Marquito Lopes


Training Coordinator

Marquito Lopes, with a degree in theology from the Southern Presbyterian Seminary, is the founder and pastor of the Ajuntamento Presbyterian Church in Piracicaba, a city in the interior of São Paulo state, and serves as the training coordinator for Acts 29 Brazil. He has specialized in church planting and pastor training for the past 20 years. He is married to Deborah, and they have two daughters, Luíza and Júlia.

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