Pastor Ed Eberhart has been the Senior Minister of the First Christian Church of Barnesville since November 1998. Prior to that, he served the church as Associate and Youth Minister for one year. During his time in the pastorate, the congregation has experienced significant growth and completed a major building project with the church’s New Life Center and the recent acqusition of a church gymnasium, known as "The ROCK."
Pastor Eberhart also serves as the minister of the Central Christian Church in Quaker City, overseeing a rotation of preachers that fill the pulpit and offering pastoral care to the congregation. Prior to becoming the Senior Minister in Barnesville, Pastor Eberhart served briefly in small Christian churches in St. Clairsville and Morristown, Ohio.
Pastor Eberhart is very active in the Barnesville community, having served as a Trustee and member of the Barnesville Community Foundation, current Treasurer and Past-President of the Barnesville Rotary Club, current President of the Barnesville Area Ministerial Association, Founding member and current Treasurer of the Community Christian Mission which oversees The Haven, Barnesville’s downtown Christian Youth Center, Member of the Barnesville Area Education Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees for the Epworth Center, and Chaplain and Equipment coach for the Barnesville High School Shamrock football team. Since 2015, he has served as a Trustee at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. At various times he has also served on a myriad of village, school, and community committees.
In 2000, Pastor Eberhart was the recipient of Standard Publishing’s “Outstanding Young Minister” award and he has also been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship through Rotary International. In addition to his ministerial duties, Mr. Eberhart is a licensed salesperson with Harvey Goodman Realtor, working out of the Barnesville office. He received his real estate license in 2005 and previously worked for Century 21 Bethel Agency, Inc. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Pastor Eberhart and wife Heather, an English instructor at Barnesville High School, have been married for eighteen years and are the parents of a fifteen year old daughter, Anna Elizabeth, and a thirteen year old son, Benjamin Edward. The Eberharts reside on Tacoma Road just outside of Barnesville. In his spare time, Pastor Eberhart enjoys reading, vacationing at Lake Erie and traveling with his family, following national politics, and attending Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games.