Pastor Don Dodge
Senior PastorDon and Rae Lynn Dodge are natives of Lakeland, Florida and glad to be back in the Central Florida area after leading churches in Wisconsin for many years. Don’s love of learning and passion for the Church of Jesus Christ bring a double dynamic to Avalon Church. Don, Rae Lynn, and daughters, Ali and Rylie, live in the Avalon Park community while adult daughter, Rene, and granddaughter, Alysa, reside a short drive away in Lakeland. Don has been serving as Senior Pastor since December 2017.
Pastor Jim Groves
Jim and Debbie have been married since 1972 and have a son, Mike, who lives in Georgia and a daughter, Danielle, who along with her husband Jason are active members of Avalon Church. Jim and Debbie have been members of Avalon Church almost from its beginning. Jim’s pastoral experience and administrative skills are helping lead Avalon Church into a dynamic church that seeks to impact the community for Christ. Jim also serves as the Executive Director of Journey Ministries of Central Florida, a local pastoral counseling center.
Pastor William Nieto
Spanish Pastor & Student Ministry Team Leader
William is originally from New York but grew up in Ecuador. He has been serving the Lord since being baptized in 2001. He and his wife, Rosy, have been married since 1991 and have four children, the eldest serving in the US Air Force. Together they share a passion to serve the Spanish congregation and our Student Ministry in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to all of our community. William is an avid photographer and loves soccer, coaching children’s soccer teams since 1990.
Mike and Susie have been married since 2009 and have 4 beautiful children. They moved to Orlando from Cleveland Ohio in 2013 and joined the Avalon Church family in January of 2019. Mike has been leading worship and involved in performing and writing music since his early teenage years. Mike and Susie have been serving in church leadership since the beginning of their journey together. They both share a deep love for Jesus and a passion for seeing the Kingdom of God extended throughout the earth.
Children's Ministry DirectorLisa has been married to David since 2002 and they have three wonderful children, Nathaniel, Noah and Lianne. They have been a part of Avalon church since 2009 and they love their church family. Lisa’s passion is working with children and has been teaching at a Christian preschool since 2008. She also has worked for many years in event coordination. Lisa’s combined experience are sure to help create an environment that is God-centered, safe and fun for our children. She looks forward to plan events throughout the year to draw families together in our community and within our families here at Avalon Church
The friendly voice on the phone and the smiling face greeting you at the church office belong to Doris. Doris has been cheerfully serving at Avalon Church for over 7 years; she and her daughters, Hannah, Kaitlin, and Julia are actively involved in our Awana ministry. Doris brings a level of excitement and energy to the church office that is contagious.
Lori has a passion for managing finances (and anything else she does!) with excellence. She works closely with the Pastors and Elders to execute the budget with meticulous accuracy. Lori, her husband John, and their adult son Michael have been active, hardworking members of Avalon Church from its very first Sunday.
Mauricio Campos; Jennifer Campos
Directors Of Local Outreach & Global Missions
Mauricio and Jennifer have been married since 1995 and have three children. Alex, Jordan and Julianna. Mauricio is originally from Mexico. They moved to Orlando in 2006 and have lived in Avalon Park since. They have a passion for serving others and they advocate compassion toward those around the world who suffer from poverty. They believe their calling comes from Mathew 25 35-40 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ They have been active in the community, serving internationally and taking mission trips to Haiti and Colombia. They believe the church is the light of the world and that we as Christians should always aspire to live our faith through our actions.
Nick “grew up” at Avalon Church and has been an active participant in our worship ministry, as well as our youth and young adult ministries. His love for God and for Avalon Church is evident in his music and his desire to lead others into a meaningful connection with the Lord by ensuring we have excellence in our technical presentations.
Dominic loves Avalon Church and the building God has given us. His full attention is given throughout the week to making sure the facility is maintained, repaired and prepared for all the activities that occur here.
Joseph St. Hilaire
ElderJoseph and Samarra St Hilaire have been married since 2003. They have four beautiful God-fearing children, Josephine, Aaron, Charlisse and Faith. Before moving to Florida, God laid on their hearts to pray for a community where they can serve our Heavenly Father. Jehovah God has answered their prayer in a tremendous way. Joseph has been a greeter, a youth leader and an elder at Avalon Church. His kids volunteer as greeters and serve in the Children Ministry. His wife, Samarra, has a passion for the churches in the community to unite as one Body, one Voice and one Worship for our Jesus Christ. Joseph loves people, embracing the new commandment Jesus gave in John 15:12 “to love one another as I have loved you.” He intends to do just that as long as he is alive.
Vladimir Romero was born in Havana Cuba and has four children Edmanuel, Yeisis, Juan Pablo and Isabella. He is happily married to Eliana Ortega and they have shared their lives since 1992, thanks to the Lord.
From the first day Vladimir became a Christian some years ago, he has served God faithfully in different positions: as part of the Worship team, usher, deacon, leader of men’s ministry, volunteer work in the community, missions and missionary trips, teaching of the word, services of fasting and prayer in our congregation, and in everything that the Lord puts in his hands. He and Eliana have been members of Avalon Church since 2014, serve God every Sunday in Hispanic Ministry and are very grateful for what God has done in their lives and family through our Pastors and our Leaders.
They have lived in Avalon Park since 2005 and believe that God has planted them in this place with a purpose and a Divine plan.
One of Vladimir’s favorite verses is Romans 5: 8: “But God shows his love for us, in that while still sinners, Christ died for us.”
ElderRodney left a small town in Hawaii to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and serve a 20 year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon retiring from the Marines in 2006, Rodney, his wife Kristine, and their two children, Mark and Kelly, initially settled in Pennsylvania. Rodney and Kristine moved to Florida in 2014. They came to Avalon Church their first Sunday in Florida and loved it. After looking at only one other church, they came back to Avalon and stayed. Rodney works on simulation systems for the military and Kristine works for the Orange County Public Schools. Their children are both married and living back in Pennsylvania. Rodney and Kristine work with the 18:25 young adult group. Prior to coming to Orlando Rodney participated in various service missions and led small groups. He believes that the church serves as both a beacon for drawing non-believers to Christ and a refuge for believers to be renewed for further service.
ElderRian and his wife Neddy have attended Avalon Church for several years. He recently retired after 40 years as an executive in the retail industry, most recently with Marshalls Department Stores for 24 years. Rian was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister in 2006 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Houston and served as a Minister of Education and Administration. He is also on the Board of Directors for the College of Prayer, an organization out of Atlanta GA. He and his wife of 40 years have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Spoiling grandchildren is one of their favorite pastimes as well as attending as many of their sporting and school events as possible. Rian considers prayer the most important spiritual element of Christianity. He believes the tremendous power of prayer through the Holy Spirit can be greater utilized in the church today. He also hosts a Prayer Life Group and one of his favorite verses is Ephesians 6:18: “And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the Lord’s people.”
ElderVic and Shelli Reyes are founding members of Avalon Church. Having initially met at the University of Miami, they were married years later in 1987 by a rabbi and a priest; Vic was a lifelong devout Catholic while Shelli was raised Jewish. Through the prayers and example of several Air Force friends, Shelli became curious about the Bible and the Christian faith, surrendering her life to Christ in 1994. Two years later, in Washington DC, Vic started attending a Bible study sponsored by The Christian Embassy (part of Cru) and came to understand what it really means to be a Christian and dedicated his life to Christ. Vic, Shelli and their children, Christopher and Kimberly, were all baptized at Lorton Baptist Church. Vic left for a remote assignment in Greenland while Shelli and the kids moved to Orlando to be near his family. Vic rejoined his family in Orlando in 1999 at which time they attended an introductory meeting for a new church start, Avalon Church, and they never looked back. Vic eventually retired from the military in 2003. Christopher graduated from MIT in 2012 with a dual major in computer engineering and music. Kimberly graduated from UM (go Canes) in 2013 with a bachelors and masters in Industrial Engineering. Vic is now a defense contractor supporting Army projects. He has served on the Avalon Church Elder Board three previous times. Vic and Shelli host a small group Bible study in their home the first and third Wednesday each month.
- John Buck
- David Curnes
- Tom Denton
- Hernan Diaz — Lead Deacon
- Rafael Perez
- Victor Rivera
- Mike Wicker
- Jessie Winckler
The deacons of Avalon Church have purposed to serve the membership by being a resource
for physical needs and helping to engender a spirit of family and community among this body of believers.
“Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.
We will turn this responsibility over to them.”