Robert Y. Eckardt


After 15 years of ministry at Redeemer OPC as of June 30, 2020, Pastor Bob Eckardt has retired, and he and Karen have moved to Tennessee. We are thankful for his many years of service at Redeemer.

In preparation for Pastor Eckardt’s retirement, Redeemer OPC formed a pastor search committee in October of 2019, and we are currently in the process of selecting and calling a new pastor.

Our pastor grew up in a Christian home by the grace of God, as the son of a pastor. He came to know Christ as Savior and Lord at an early age. He went to Geneva college in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, with a major in Chemistry, and had graduate training at Indiana University, Bloomington.

After being convinced of developing teaching and pastoral gifts he attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, graduating in 1978, and was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Presbytery of Ohio in 1979 while laboring as associate pastor of Redeemer OPC, planting Grace OPC in Columbus, OH.

Subsequently, he has served Matthews OPC in Matthews, NC, and helped to plant OPC churches in Mansfield, Ohio, Lenoir, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has served for 8 years as pastor of Cornerstone Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga until the recent call to return to Redeemer as the third pastor of this congregation.

Bob is married to Karen, and has three children, Erica, Emily, and Ethan.