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East Hillsborough Area

Dee Franks ~ Area Director

(813) 356-8291

Degrando Franks III, affectionately called Dee, was married to his wife Rachel Franks on July 4th and continues to experience fireworks whenever thinking about his wife. He is the father of three beautiful girls, Kalia, Kai, Karina. He was called to ministry while at the University of South Florida in 2003. He graduated from USF with a degree in Management and also received a B.A. in Theology from Blessed Hope Bible College. He has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor and Christian education pastor at several churches. God called Dee back to Eastern Hillsborough County from Nashville in 2013. He currently serves as the Area Director.

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Ben Lopez ~ Area Representative

(813) 842-8460

My love for FCA runs deep.  I surrendered my life to Christ at an FCA camp my junior year in high school.  My wife Liz & I have been school teachers & coaches for years.  Liz has provided the support & teamwork needed to glorify God.  Together we have personally established FCA huddles on numerous campuses, including Progress Village & Greco Middle Schools & East Bay High School, as well as a “community huddle” at Crossover Church, where we attend. As an Area Rep, I will be heading up the ministry at USF, where my two amazing children currently attend.  Both Ben Jr. & Keila have been huddle leaders at the FCA Leadership Camp in Lakeland & are presently serving as student leaders of the huddle at USF.  I am excited to see what God has in store.


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Paige Eilertson ~ Area Representative 

(928) 345-8181 

Paige was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and graduated from J.M. Tate H.S. in 1990, Pensacola State College in 1993 and Teen Challenge of Georgia in 1996.

Paige married Lt Col Philip Eilertson (USMC Aviator) in 1999. They met while Philip was in flight school at Naval Air Station, Pensacola FL. They have lived in Pensacola (FL), Oceanside (CA), Yuma (AZ), Portsmouth (RI), Swansboro (NC), Warner Robins (GA) and Lithia (FL). Paige and Philip have been blessed with three children Grace (17), Brent (15) and Faith (11). All three children are active in FCA.

Paige has a heart for teens as she vividly remembers how tough her teenage years were before finding her true identity in Jesus. It is Paige's desire to encourage others to find their purpose and self worth through Jesus Christ who calls them loved, valued and accepted.

Paige currently attends Fishhawk Fellowship Church and serves as a FCA Area Representative to coaches and student athletes in Eastern Hillsborough County. 

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