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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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Keri Kellam ~ Area Representative

(813) 446-7950

I am so excited to be joining the FCA staff. I have been praying for this opportunity for years, and now God has blessed me to be able to love on teens and share the gospel with them. I have been working with kids since the 90s... ages ranging from kindergarten to middle school, but have only recently been working with high schoolers as a girls youth leader at our church. I absolutely love it! I am so blessed to be able to share with them about the love Jesus has for all of us, and to watch them grow in their walk with Christ.

I grew up in the church; went to youth group and camps, was a member of Young Life for 3 years and was able to join FCA my senior year. I played softball for many years and am now a beginner runner.
My husband and I are both from Virginia; I'm from VA Beach and he is from the middle of nowhere on the Eastern Shore. I graduated from Old Domionion University with a bachelors’ degree in counseling, and he played baseball at Delaware Tech. We started dating 10 years ago when we were both in a pretty dark place, but have been married for 5 years and are walking together in the light, rejoicing with God as He does amazing things in our lives and our family. We have two beautiful girls, Amelia 5 and Baylee 4. We are super active, love the outdoors, parks, camping, the beach, swimming at the pool...there is always something going on in Florida and we like to be a part of it.

We are members of an amazing church where we both are super active, and love to volunteer whenever we can. God has blessed us in so many ways that we rejoice in blessing and helping others. Being able to work with coaches and students is a dream come true for me, and I am extremely thankful to God for this opportunity to be on the FCA Tampa Bay team.

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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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