About Ron Eckberg ...
The only way I can describe my first 65 years on this planet is to say I have been lavishly and abundantly blessed. For over 50 years I have been stepping on stages and pulpits doing what I love to do most; inspiring, encouraging, and entertaining others. I have had the joyous privilege of sharing music and thoughts with audiences and congregations all across America. Who could ask for more?
A native of Walnut, Illinois, my desire to communicate came early, having acquired his love of music as a child in the 50s and more dramatically as a teenager in the 60s. That passion led to a series of locally and regionally successful rock and roll bands, and an even more successful career as a solo club singer.
The direction of my life and music changed dramatically in the late 70s as serious soul searching led me to a decision to follow Jesus Christ and to pursue a life in Christian music and ministry. Soon I was back on the road, taking my music to churches, camps, conferences, and concert stages throughout the United States. I started as a singer only, hiding behind my Ovation guitar and letting the songs do the work of communicating, but the challenge of friends and family--along with a burning need within me--led me to start speaking and writing.
I have been blessed to have had a rich array of experiences. Believe me, my life has never--and I mean never--been boring! From 1988 until 2003 I had the privilege of serving as Pastor of Walnut Community Bible Church, following which I served for two years as the director of Bureau Valley Youth For Christ, working with teenagers in the Bureau Valley School district. Since 2006 I have had the honor of serving as the Pastor of the Erie Evangelical Free Church in Erie, Illinois. As an added blessing, I now serve Erie E. Free alongside son #4, Jonathan who is taking over the reigns from me to allow more time for other pursuits. Along the way I have written numerous articles and columns for local publications and newspapers. I currently have several book projects in the works as well.
The greatest blessing in my life, above all, is my family. I am married to my childhood sweetheart (and I do mean childhood--we met when we were 5) and together we raised 5 sons ( I don't understand why everyone groans when I say that!). Today we are blessed with four beautiful daughters-in-law who are perfect fits for our family and whom we love like daughters, five perfect grandchildren, three precious grand-puppies.
I consider it a great joy to have the opportunity to share my words, songs, and ideas with audiences everywhere and anywhere. I look forward to seeing you soon!
My Mission ...
My mission in life is to seize every opportunity to use my God-given gifts as a speaker, writer, and musician to help others discover and embrace their God-given purpose.
Vision Statement ...
TO INSPIRE I will use my gifts to help others find a greater, grander and more compelling vision for their lives.
TO ENCOURAGE I will use my gifts in such a way as to help others find hope for their lives and their futures.
TO ENTERTAIN I will use my gifts to entertain others in a way that will make their journey through life more enjoyable! The gift of a smile is one of the grandest gifts of all!