J.R. DICK LYON
Dick has been involved in the Lynx ministries since 1973, serving in retreat ministries and as a member of the Board of Directors. He has been part of the growth of the Fellowship from a single bus serving the youth of Central Florida to today’s status. Dick is an engineer, having graduated in 1958 from the University of Kentucky. The highlight of Dick’s professional career has been his role in the development of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s human space flight facilities for the Apollo Lunar Landing, the Space Shuttle, and the Space Station. His career with NASA spanned 33 years, 16 of which he served in a senior management position. After his retirement from NASA in 1996, Dick served as the directing manager for three different Aerospace corporations providing design and research services for NASA through 2012. Dick and his wife, Kathy, are currently retired and living in Tampa, Florida.
Following his graduation from the University of Florida Law School in 1974, Gary practiced law in Brevard County, Florida, until his retirement in June, 2010. He spent over 25 years in private practice, in Titusville, Florida. Gary also served as an Assistant State Attorney and a Hearing Officer/General Master for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida, for many years. Gary is an active member of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville, Florida and has served as an Elder there for several years. He has been a part of Fellowship of Christians in Action since 1983 and served in the retreat ministry and as a Board member for many years.
KEVIN L BURKETT
Kevin is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University and is President of SMC Construction, a commercial construction company in Orlando, Florida. Kevin is an original member of the land acquisition group of the property now known as Eagle Rock. Kevin has been increasingly affiliated with the FCIA ministry since 1990 and now serves as a board member. Kevin also serves as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando where he been active in youth ministry, outreach, and missions.
Jack graduated from the Naval Academy and served a distinguished career in the Navy as a carrier pilot, captain of the aircraft carrier Wasp, and finally the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida. After his retirement from the Navy, Jack became the Director of the Orlando International Airport. After 12 years of service at the Airport, Jack continued as a consultant to many international airports around the country. He is active in the Cursillo Christian Movement and the Florida Hospital Board of Directors. He attends Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida.
Rafael E. “Ralph” Martinez is a Partner in the law firm of McEwan, Martinez, Dukes & Hall, P.A., in Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, and received his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law, in 1976. Mr. Martinez has been admitted to practice before numerous Courts of Law, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is actively involved in several Bar Associations, among them the Hispanic Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.
In addition to his professional activities as an attorney, Mr. Martinez is involved in many community organizations, most notably his leadership position with the YMCA. He has served as President of the Metropolitan/Central Florida Board of Directors. Additionally he has served on the CNL Bank and SunTrust Bank Administrative Boards.
Mr. Martinez has been appointed by the U.S. President and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the position of U.S. Public Delegate to the United Nations 57th General Assembly and likewise as a Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the Justice Department. He currently serves as a governatorial appointee to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association.
David is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, majoring in Architecture while playing basketball for several SEC Championship teams. In 1995, David moved his family to East Tennessee where he owned Red Chair Architects, Knoxville, TN; recently acquired by A2H, a multi-disciplined planning and design firm based in Memphis TN. Although David is passionate about his work, his priorities lie in his deep relationships with Jesus Christ, his wife, Mary Kathryn and his two adult daughters, Katie and Dacey. He’s pretty proud of his son-in-law, Joe Pendley (Katie) too. David is the President of the Sojourners Sunday School class at Fairview UMC in Maryville, and in his spare time enjoys hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and boating.
Reid joined the Eagle Rock board in 2014. He was born in Anderson, SC, but raised in Atlanta, GA where he attended local elementary and high schools. Reid began his college career at Clemson University, but transferred to and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1979. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he attended and graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1984 with a Masters of Divinity. Since 1987, he has been a ‘tentmaker’, working at the J. Rolfe Davis Insurance Agency in Orlando. Reid has been married to the former Jan Hatcher since 1987. He is father to two wonderful children, Jenny and Will, father-in-law to Taylor (married to Jenny) and grandfather to Bennett. He and his family have worshipped and been active at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando since 1986 – serving in different capacities. Reid has loved serving during the Eagle Rock/First Presbyterian weekend in November for many years.
Ben is a 2009 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Building Construction. His experience spans heavy-civil, site development, and commercial construction, and he now runs a commercial construction company in Orlando, FL with his father, Kevin. Ben served on the Eagle Rock summer staff during his college years and assisted in completing the construction of the Bunkhouse. Ben lives near downtown Orlando with his wife, Hallie, son, Isaac, and daughter, Annah Grace, where they enjoy living within blocks of his parents and siblings. Ben enjoys hunting, fishing, Gator Football, and spending time with family.
Jonah is a 2003 graduate of Berea College and is a Real Estate Agent for Realty Executives in Maryville, Tennessee. Jonah is also is an Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for Maryville High School. Jonah worked at Eagle Rock for 15 years where he served as the Program Director and Associate Executive Director. Jonah has always been involved in his local church and is currently serving as the College Pastor for Blount Community Church
Lon, our Administrator and Spiritual Director, received his B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from the University of Central Florida and has been in ministry for 35 years. He studied and trained at Dr. Solomon’s Grace Fellowship International and attended Dr. Larry Crabb’s Institute of Biblical Counseling. He has served on the pastoral staffs of The Messenger, a private Christian counseling ministry, and All Saints Episcopal Church of Winter Park. Lon is a co-founder of the House of Hope, a home for runaway and throw-away teenage girls in Orlando. After volunteering for many years with Fellowship of Christians in Action (the Lynx ministry), God gave Lon a vision for Eagle Rock in 1991. In addition to his job as Administrator and Spiritual Director of Eagle Rock, Lon works with mentally handicapped adults in Maryville, TN and co-teaches the Sojourner Sunday School class at Fairview United Methodist Church. Lon counsels teenagers and young adults and mentors married couples as a part of his ministry at Eagle Rock. In his spare time, Lon enjoys his season tickets, cheering the UT Volunteers at Thompson-Boling arena.
Jarrod is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. While at the University of Florida, Jarrod was part of the 2006 Florida Gators national championship football team. Jarrod served on staff at Eagle Rock for eight summers filling a variety of roles ranging from summer staff to Program Director and Spiritual Director. Professionally, Jarrod worked as a high school teacher and football coach at Astronaut High School before taking his current job with NASA as an Education and Outreach Specialist. Outside of work, Jarrod often speaks for leadership conferences and preaches at church retreats and events. Jarrod resides in Titusville, Florida where he enjoys spending time with his family (especially his nieces and nephew), exercising, traveling, and attending Gators Football games.