Daybreak's "Central Staff Team"
Below is a list of Daybreak's Central Staff Team. These are the staff members who give oversight to the primary ministry departments of Daybreak. In addition to those on this list, there are over 20 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.
Joel Smith, Lead Pastor and Campus Pastor at Gettysburg Pike
Joel is a Lewistown, PA, native and son of a steelworker - which explains his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers! He holds a BA in Communications from Messiah College and an M.Div. and Doctorate from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. Married since 1987, Joel and his wife Debbie have three grown children: Joshua, Hannah, and Caleb. Joel’s goal is to help people “know God and enjoy Him altogether” by helping them discover and develop a 3C lifestyle.
Ric Jacobs, Associate Pastor
A Pennsylvania native, Ric graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a degree in Pastoral Studies in 1992. 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, Campus Pastor (Good Hope Road) & 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.
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.
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 Care 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.
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.
Dan Matarrese, Director of Worship Arts & Operations
Dan was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, which explains his love for bagels, pizza, and the New York Rangers. He graduated from Messiah College in 2006 with a degree in Accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2008. Prior to joining Daybreak, Dan spent 10 years working in public accounting and the finance industry. Dan has served in Daybreak’s Worship Arts Ministry since 2007. He and his wife Ashley, who serves on staff in our Children’s Ministry, attend Daybreak with their two boys, Jayden and Elijah.