Pastor Domenick Lettieri was born in Buffalo, New York in 1954, the third of six children (two brothers and three sisters). He was baptized and confirmed at Blessed Trinity RC Church in Buffalo, by Rev. Jo Naber. Pastor’s father, Daniel, worked in management at the Chevrolet Foundry Plant in Buffalo for many years. His mother Ruby worked various part-time jobs while raising the children, and later in life she worked full-time at Trico Products in Buffalo, eventually becoming their first female Plant Manager.
In 1972 Domenick graduated from Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York and soon began work at the Chevrolet Plant on River Road in Buffalo. After four plus years there he began to attend night classes at Millard Fillmore College (one year) and held a variety of jobs while pursuing a football career. He spent eight years playing in a semi professional football league. In 1985 he and his brother Mark opened their first Sun Capsule Plus tanning salon. A few years later they opened their second location and owned and operated both for 23 years, before Domenick answered the call to preach the Gospel. Domenick spent several years at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kenmore, NY under the tutelage of Rev. Ben Eder and in service to God’s people there as a pastoral assistant before entering Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario.
In 2002, Domenick was re-acquainted with Nancy Golda, a Buffalo native and friend who had left Buffalo and settled in Florida 20 years prior. After a 15-month courtship they married on September 27, 2003. Combined, they have been blessed with six children, Crystal 38, Angelina 36, Candace 31, Heather 30, Emma 23, and Tyler 23, and four grandchildren, Peyton and Pierce, sons of Crystal and Greg Murray, Gunner, the son of Candace and Micah Nickerson, Charlie, the daughter (yes daughter) of Heather and Taylor Harris and are awaiting the arrival of Candace and Micah’s second child. Pastor Lettieri completed his Seminary studies in May of 2012, while serving both Redeemer and St. Martin’s Lutheran Churches during his final year there. He was Ordained into the Holy Ministry of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod on July 1, 2012 and installed at Redeemer on July 8, 2012. He continued to serve at St. Martin’s with Redeemer’s blessing and on June 23, 2013 Redeemer and St. Martin’s entered into a Two Point Parish Agreement.