CENTRAL STAFF

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

    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. 

  • Dan Matarrese

    Director of Worship Ministries

    Dan grew up in Brooklyn, NY and came to the central PA area to attend Messiah College, where he earned his BS in Accounting in 2006. Dan first came to Daybreak during his time at Messiah and was immediately drawn to our authenticity in worship and in relationships. He loves the beautiful vulnerability and accessibility of our church family. While at Messiah, Dan met his wife, Ashley, who also serves on our staff as the Assistant Director of Kid Min. Together, Dan and Ashley have two boys, Jayden and Eli. Of himself, Dan would say that he is an obsessive New York Rangers fan and that he has successfully raised his boys to be the same. Dan leads an incredible dedicated team of worship artist and worship techs who lead our church family into God's powerful presence where their lives can be changed. 

  • Robin Kaplin

    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.  

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

    Global Ministries 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.  

  • Leslie Gonze

    Communications Coordinator

    Leslie grew up in Oil City, PA and graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Spanish Education. Leslie and her husband, Christian, have a 4-year-old son, Liam, and a baby girl, Iris, born in September of 2020. Leslie and Christian were drawn to Daybreak while they were students at Messiah because of its welcoming "come as you are" atmosphere and the application-based approach to Sunday messages. In addition to being on staff, Leslie serves on Daybreak's Tech Team and Global Leadership Team. Together, Leslie and Christian love traveling and seeing different parts of PA, the U.S., and the world. She joined the Daybreak staff in 2014. As our Communications Coordinator, she oversees Daybreak's vast communication mediums and helps provide a consistent brand for our church family. 

  • 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. 

  • 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, who is also on staff at Daybreak 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!

  • 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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