Dom & Joyce Avello
Pastors / Principles
Pastors Domnick & Joyce Avello Founders & Principals
Pastor Dominick Avello was born in New York on May 2, 1948 to a loving Italian Catholic family of 3 brothers and 2 sisters. At age 12, his family moved to Hollywood, Florida where he lived for the next 50 years. He attended McArthur High School where he played basketball and still holds scoring records there to this day. He attended Broward Community College and the University of West Florida on basketball scholarships.
Dom married his high school sweetheart in 1969 and graduated in 1970 with a Teaching degree in Physical Education. That year, he began teaching and coaching for Broward county schools and community college and entered an AAU Basketball league where he played for several years.
In 1973, Dominick had a revolutionary born-again experience, accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior. At this point, all the “things” of the world became secondary to his pursuit of knowing and loving Jesus. He and his wife, Joyce, and their 6 children made their church home at Goodnews Church in Fort Lauderdale for more than a decade, where he served as an elder and was blessed to sit under the teachings of Derrick Prince, Jim Croft and Mahesh Chavda.
In 1986, he began a Bible study in his home to minister to a young Jewish man who wanted to know more about the Messiah and eventually received Him as Savior. This small Bible study began to grow, and in a year he had baptized over 160 people in his backyard swimming pool. Upon seeing this growth, Derrick, Jim and Mahesh believed that a church had been birthed.
In January 1988, Dominick was ordained as Pastor of newly birthed Cornerstone Church, which grew to over 1,000 members. In 1995, Cornerstone Christian Academy was born, which grew to over 100 students from the cradle to middle school.
In 2005, the Lord spoke very clearly to Pastor Dom through many ways to begin a church plant in Franklin, TN. In that year, several families felt the call as well and came to join him in starting this church in Spring Hill, TN. He continues to oversee the church in South Florida as he pastors here in Spring Hill.
Pastor Dominick is a gifted, prophetic Bible teacher who moves in the Holy Spirit for salvation, healing, and deliverance. His passion is to introduce the Holy Spirit to the congregation through teaching and experience, to inform and educate the church’s connection to the roots of Biblical Judaism, and to pass this on to the next generation. He recently celebrated his 27th year as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Joyce, and 5 of their 6 children, spouses, and 12 grandchildren now reside in the Franklin and Spring Hill areas of Tennessee