Our Central Staff Team (CST) gives oversight to our primary ministry departments. 

You can contact any Daybreak staff member by emailing them at [first name].[last name]@daybreakweb.com

  • Ric Jacobs

    Lead Vision Pastor Gettysburg Pike Campus Pastor

    A Pennsylvania native, Ric graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 1992 with a degree in Pastoral Studies. 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. As Lead Vision Pastor, Pastor Ric helps our whole organization stay focused on what God's calling to us, and as Campus Pastor, he serves as the lead shepherd of the Gettysburg Pike campus.

  • Shawn Andrews

    Lead Equipping Pastor & Orrs Bridge Road Campus Pastor

    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 was part of the Daybreak elders that helped plant Daybreak and joined the staff in 2005 after a number of years working in the Information Technology field. He is grateful for amazing wife Susie who regularly teaches him how to laugh at himself, and is proud of his twin adult sons, Jacob and Caleb. In his spare time, he loves to nourish his soul by riding motorcycle and hiking with friends. As Lead Equipping Pastor, Pastor Shawn invests his time into leadership development, Daybreak's weekend sermon series and teaching team, and strategic development. As Campus Pastor, he serves as one of the lead shepherds of the Orrs Bridge Road Campus. 

  • Jason Fickes - On Sabbatical from 6/5 to 8/5

    Pastor of Operations & Gettysburg Pike Assistant Campus Pastor

    Jason is a Messiah College graduate and lifelong "Mechanicsburg-er." Jason has been a full time staff member since 2005 and currently gives leadership in the operations and connecting ministries. He was Mechanicsburg's original "Jubilee Day Idol," is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, and has a love for Chick-fil-A & Mission BBQ. Jason and his incredible wife Brooke have 2 sons: Weston and Everett. As Pastor of Operations, Jason oversees all of the behind the scenes systems and ministries that helps the church soar. 

  • Ned Keene

    Pastor of Connecting Ministries & Orrs Bridge Road Assistant Campus Pastor

    Ned grew up just outside of Baltimore in Bel Air, MD. He has an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has 23 years of ministry experience from serving at various churches in Central PA. He and his wife Kim have 2 adult children, Gareth who is an officer in the US Navy, and Aidan, who is a professional dancer with a Christian dance company in Ft. Worth, TX. For fun, Ned enjoys watching the Orioles and Ravens, making his own hot sauce and spicy ketchup, and losing at fantasy football. As Pastor of Connecting Ministries, Ned champions group life here at Daybreak, and as Campus Pastor, Ned partners with Pastor Shawn in providing shepherding of the Orrs Bridge Road Campus. 

  • Ron O'Neil

    Pastor of Care Ministries

    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 5 grandsons, Weston, Everett, Grayson, Isaiah & Jonah. Ron’s ministry passion is to champion the message that all people matter to God and are welcome into His family. As Pastor of Care, Ron leads the Care Ministry to provide God's loving care and support to our church family and beyond. 

  • Robin Kaplin - On Sabbatical from 6/11 to 8/7

    Director of Community Care & Global 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 mom to her two girls: Alexia and Megan. Robin loves reaching and serving our community and our world - helping to minister to their needs and reach them with the good news of the Gospel.

  • Matt Wilkins

    Director of Kid Ministries

    Born and raised in Mechanicsburg, PA, Matt is a Penn State graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. Together, Matt and his wife Kate have three daughters, Ava, Claire, and Jane. Matt found Daybreak in 2016 and was immediately drawn in by the welcoming atmosphere and engaging worship. Shortly thereafter Kate joined the worship team and Matt began serving weekly in Kid Min. Matt's passion for shepherding kids ultimately led to following God's call to enter full-time ministry in 2021. He is excited to lead our dedicated volunteers in teaching kids how to have a strong and lasting relationship with Jesus. When not engaged with kids, Matt loves to spend his time kayaking down the Yellow Breeches.

  • Kyle Abel

    Pastor of Student Ministries

    Kyle was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania and graduated from Messiah University with a degree in Christian Ministries. He currently resides in Camp Hill with his wife, Emily, and his daughter, Lucy. Kyle has a passion for loving and discipling those who feel like they don't belong. In his personal time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, playing the drums, listening to music, and being outdoors. He also loves sci-fi/fantasy media and literature. As Pastor of Student Ministries, Kyle loves creating environments where students can discover and deepen a life-changing relationship with Jesus.  

  • Eric Jacobs

    Pastoral Resident

    Eric grew up attending Daybreak throughout his childhood and has many great memories here. He was raised in Dillsburg where he met his wife, Jess. Eric attended Cairn University in Langhorne, PA where he played Division III basketball, fell in love with Chipotle, and graduated with his B.S. in Bible. Eric enjoys competing in athletics, fishing, Star Wars, and hiking with Jess and their dog, Winston. He has joined Daybreak’s staff as our first Resident and serves alongside Pastor Shawn at our Orrs Bridge Road Campus. He is excited to build relationships with our church family and be a part of God’s greater work to advance His kingdom. 

    After our Alliance Eastern PA District leadership vetted and approved Eric, they assigned him to serve with us from 2023 to 2025. We are truly grateful for our partnership with our district as they provide direction for the development of our residency program, assess and interview candidates, and provide supplemental educational opportunities. Together, our long-term objective is to train many young leaders over the next ten years.

    Learn More about our Residency Program

All Staff

In addition to our Central Staff Team, our All Staff Team includes the following members who support all of the department leaders and ministries of Daybreak. You can contact any Daybreak staff member by emailing them at [first name].[last name]@daybreakweb.com

  • Susie Andrews

    Executive Assistant

    Susie grew up in York, PA and graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a degree in Biblical Studies. She is married to Pastor Shawn and together they have adult twins, Caleb & Jacob. Susie was initially drawn to Daybreak in 1999 after feeling called to be obedient to start a new church that would reach the West Shore. Her favorite things at Daybreak are leading people in worship, creating visual arts and leading Women’s Bible studies. Susie was in many TV commercials as a child and was a traveling singer for years prior to joining staff at Daybreak. She has recorded 6 different CD’s and was a regular singer on television. She is also a lifetime fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers! Susie has been on staff since 2003 and serves as our Executive Assistant as well as through providing oversign in the area of visual arts.  

  • Kelly Argot

    Short-term Trip Coordinator

    Born & raised in Mechanicsburg, PA, Kelly’s childhood home is just a few miles down the road from Daybreak. She attended Toccoa Falls College for 3 semesters and then graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with a degree in Human Services. Kelly is married to Dean and together they have 3 kids, Alysha, Aaron & Alanna. Kelly and Dean attended Immanuel Alliance church and were called to be a part of the founding group to start Daybreak in 1999. Kelly was drawn to Daybreak because of our focus on the unchurched and our desire to reach those who have not yet experienced a life changing relationship with Jesus. Kelly was on staff as part of the Children’s Ministry team from 2001-2005. She returned to staff as our Global Ministries Coordinator in 2014 where she oversees our Short-Term trips and all of our global partnerships. Kelly feels blessed to be a part of what God is doing around the world.  She enjoys reading and building relationships with people.

  • Hannah Britcher

    Assistant Director of Student Ministries

    Hannah grew up in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Music and Worship Leadership. Hannah is passionate about discipling youth, and before coming to Daybreak she worked at Doubling Gap Center, Camp Yolijwa for several summers. Hannah loves the outdoors, a good book, and singing around a campfire. As Assistant Coordinator of Student Ministries, Hannah serves our OBR family's students on Sunday mornings and helps support DSM's central Sunday night programming.  

  • Jenn Hartman

    Orrs Bridge Road Campus Kid Min Director

    Jenn grew up in Montoursville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Jenn’s favorite thing about Daybreak is the people! She loves worshipping together on Sunday mornings, connecting with those in our community, and she loves the way Daybreak serves others. Jenn is married to Rob and together they have 3 girls, Drew, Caly & Bryn. Jenn enjoys watching her girls play in their respective sports. As a family, they enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, and watching Football (Mechanicsburg Wildcats and Penn State). Jenn joined staff in February 2020 and serves as the OBR Campus Kid Min Director when she leads a teams of great volunteers to love and disciple the kids of OBR. 

  • Sandy Herman

    Operations & Communications Administrative Assistant

    Sandy has always lived locally and moved next door to her childhood home. She has years of bookkeeping and administration experience. Sandy and her husband, Adam (a member of the Governing Board), share their home with Sandy’s mom. Daybreak’s friendliness and varied offerings is what initially drew the Hermans, and the authenticity and commitment to Jesus is why they stayed. Sandy serves as a greeter, a Clarify Ministry leader, a small group leader, and a leader and facilitator for the Marriage Matters team. Road trips, mysteries, and games are favorites of Sandy and Adam. Sandy joined our staff in 2022 as our Operations and Communications Administrative Assistant, and we are excited for her to make us even more efficient and effective in those areas!

  • Ashley Matarrese

    Assistant Director of Kid Min & Office Assistant

    Ashley grew up in Hanover, Pennsylvania and graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Elementary & Special Education. She taught in an autistic support classroom for 5 years and obtained her master’s degree in Special Education from Millersville University. Ashley first visited Daybreak during her college years at Messiah and was immediately drawn to the relatability of the messages and the authenticity of the people. While at Messiah, Ashley met her husband Dan and together they have 2 boys, Jayden and Eli. She is an avid field hockey fan and spends her free time as an assistant field hockey coach at Messiah College. Ashley has been on staff as our Assistant Director of Kid Ministries since 2013 and provides incredible support and stability to our Kid Min Team and church family through her incredible administrative gifts and her love and passion for kids. 

  • Alysha Newingham

    Administrative Specialist

    Alysha grew up an hour and forty minutes north west of Mechanicsburg, in Mt. Union, PA. Alysha was a dancer for 22 years (ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop), and after graduating high school, she passed on her love of dance by teaching classes. During that time she also worked as a manager at her local Hoss's. Alysha moved to Mechanicsburg in 2011 to manage the Hoss's on Gettysburg Pike. She also managed a local childcare center for eight years. Alysha started attending Daybreak in 2012 and loved the relaxed and "come as you are" atmosphere. She has felt like every message and series has spoken to her and helped guide her life. She lost her mom in 2016 and started attending our GriefShare group, which led her to become a volunteer facilitator for the group over the past two years. Alysha serves as our Administrative Specialist, providing a broad level of support for a number of our department leaders. In her free time, Alysha enjoys spending time with her fiancé and friends, and attending all of the Penn State games with her family. She would eventually love to be able to get back into dance and possibly teach kids again in the future!

  • Laura Sipala

    Assistant Director of Global Ministries

    Laura grew up in Dillsburg and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in English and Writing. She began attending Daybreak in 2011 after she had just moved home from Indianapolis. Laura and her husband, Joe, were drawn in by the joy and love they felt right off the bat. Since starting to attend, Laura and Joe have grown their family by 3: Jason, Leo, and Katie. Despite her own kids keeping her busy, Laura has served in Kid Min and with Global Ministries, and also currently serves on our sermon writing and preaching teams. Laura brings a wealth of international experience to her staff role as Assistant Director of Global Ministries and is excited to be able to help our Daybreak family know and share God's heart for people all over the world! Laura’s favorite way to relax is with the puzzles section of the newspaper - Cryptoquips and KenKen are her


  • Deb Williams

    Spiritual Formation Coordinator

    Deb grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from nursing school as a Registered Nurse. She also has degrees in Missions & Intercultural Studies. In 2017, she earned her certificate in Spiritual Direction. Deb’s favorite thing about Daybreak is the vision to intentionally reach and engage with people to help them take the next step in their relationship with God. Deb is married to John and together they have 3 grown daughters, Sarah, Caitlyn & Rebekah. Deb enjoys a great cup of coffee, browsing the library, the sky at sunset, British humor because it's dry and understated and she loves spending time with her family. She has been on staff since 2015 as our Spiritual Formation Coordinator. 

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