Daybreak's Central Staff Team
Below is a list of Daybreak's Central Staff Team (CST). These are the staff members who give oversight to the primary ministry departments of Daybreak. In addition to those on this list, there are various other Daybreak staff members that use their gifts in a variety of ways to serve our Daybreak family. You can contact any Daybreak staff member by emailing them at [firstname.lastname]@daybreakweb.com.
Eldon Fry, Part-time Transitional Pastor
Dr. Eldon Fry joined the Daybreak staff as of October 1, 2017 to create an environment of healing and development for Daybreak. His role is to invest in our elders, staff, and ministry leaders to ensure that we are living out our mission, vision, and values. Eldon reports directly to the Leadership Team and Elders. We expect this role to last for one year, with built-in assessments along the way to guide us in determining longer-term organizational needs. Eldon has been a mentor to our pastoral staff for several years. He retired as college pastor of Messiah College in 2014 and has recently been consulting through his Open Hands Ministry. The mission of his ministry is to “support pastors and counselors by providing a ministry of spiritual direction, spiritual formation consultation, pastoral counseling and coaching.” Eldon will invest about 20 hours a week into shepherding our pastoral team, staff, and elders through this transition.
Ric Jacobs, Gettysburg Pike Campus Pastor
A Pennsylvania native, Ric graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a degree in Pastoral Studies in 1992, and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Ministry: Leadership Studies through Capital Seminary. He has been married to his wife Jen since 1996, and they have six amazing kids: Eric, Marcus, Bennett, Julia, Annie, and Andre. Ric has been a part of Daybreak's staff since it began in 1999, previously serving in both student ministries and worship arts ministries. He is an avid fan of the Tennessee Titans and large chocolate milkshakes.
Shawn Andrews, Good Hope Road Campus Pastor & Pastor of Equipping Ministries
A native of Ohio, Shawn was raised in Millerstown, PA. He received a BS in Mathematics from Penn State and an MA in Christian Leadership from A.W. Tozer Seminary. Shawn joined the Daybreak staff in 2005 after a number of years working in the Information Technology field. He credits his amazing wife Susie with teaching him how to laugh at himself. His twin sons, Jacob and Caleb, teach him what fatherly love is supposed to be like.
Ron O'Neil, Pastor of Care & Hospitality
Ron worked at IBM in the security and investigations field before joining Daybreak in 2005. Since then, he earned a BS in Bible from Lancaster Bible College and became ordained through the Alliance. Ron and his wife Leslie have been married since 1982 and have two beautiful grown daughters, Brooke and Lauren, and 4 grandsons, Weston, Everett, Grayson, & Isaiah. Ron’s ministry passion is to champion the message that all people matter to God and are welcome into His family.
Matt Boyer, Pastor of Student Ministries
Matt Boyer graduated from Valley Forge Christian College with a degree in Youth Ministries in 1999. He joined the staff of Daybreak in 2007, and has been the full-time Student Ministries Pastor since 2009. Matt's great sense of humor has served him well both as a preacher and as a Redskins fan. When Matt's not at Daybreak, you will probably see him hanging out with his awesome wife, Laurie, and their 4 amazing children: Dylan, Kenzie, Carly, and Noah.
Kyle Abel, Pastor of Student Ministries
Kyle is transitioning into the role of Pastor of Student Ministries! Kyle was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Christian Ministries. Kyle is passionate about ministry with youth and creating communities in which faith can be explored and the love of Christ can be experienced. He enjoys playing and watching sports, playing the drums, being outdoors, and listening to music. He also loves sci-fi/fantasy media and literature.
Kyle is set to marry his fiancé, Emily, on October 22, 2017. The couple is looking forward to their honeymoon, which will be spent exploring Ireland.
Ryan Clarke, Pastor of Children's Ministry
Ryan leads a talented team that creatively reaches kids for Christ by equipping passionate people to do ministry. He has degrees from Simpson University and Alliance Theological Seminary in Inter-Cultural Studies. Although a former gamer and computer nerd, Ryan currently prefers to spend all of his time with other adults, kids, and especially his energetic family. His favorite part of ministry is watching others get energized by teaching kids, creating new ways to reach kids, and doing science tricks while teaching. Ryan is blessed to be married to his beautiful wife Katybeth and has four kids: twins Micah and Julia, Connor, and James.
Jason Fickes, Director of Connecting Ministries
Jason is a Messiah College graduate and lifelong "Mechanicsburg-er." Jason has been a full time staff member for over a decade and currently gives leadership in the areas of connecting ministries, worship arts, and administration. He was Mechanicsburg's original "Jubilee Day Idol," is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, and has a love for Chick-fil-A. Jason and his incredible wife Brooke have 2 sons: Weston and Everett.
Robin Kaplin, Director of Contributing Ministries
Robin was born and raised near Erie, PA, and graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Family Studies. She worked for 12 years for Dauphin County Children & Youth, during which time she obtained a Master’s degree in social work. Robin's passion is in developing a network of ministries, teams and people in order to help others experience true emotional, physical and spiritual healing. Robin also loves being a wife and mom. She and her husband Scott have two girls: Alexia and Megan.