Eddy and Janine Ekhardt | Corps Administators
Eddy and Janine Ekhardt have over 20 years of combined experience working for and volunteering with The Salvation Army. Eddy began working with The Salvation Army as a counselor at Camp Paradise Valley in the summer of 2006, eventually achieving the position of Program Director at that camp. He has also been on several mission trips with The Salvation Army – traveling to Haiti, Ukraine and The Turks and Caicos Islands. Eddy is trained as an emergency disaster worker, having most recently served in Southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
Janine’s first job was with The Salvation Army as a Christmas bell ringer in 2004. She has worked at Camp Paradise Valley as well, which is where she and Eddy met. Janine has chosen The Salvation Army as her church home since she was eight years old. Janine and Eddy have one child, their daughter Lauren. Lauren, a Junior Soldier at the Maryville Corps and is always happy to help her parents with the ministry and service in Blount County.
The Ekhardts have served in Blount County since late 2015. Initially they held the positions of Blood and Fire Initiative Youth Worker and Salvation Army Mission Specialist, respectively. Each of these positions incorporated ministry, programming, community outreach, fundraising and evangelism. When a leadership vacancy occurred at The Salvation Army Maryville Corps in the Fall of 2017, it was natural step for The Salvation Army to promote Eddy and Janine to their current position of Corps Administrators.
A particular verse that has carried them through times of triumph as well as moments of struggle is Galatians 6:9 (NLT) – “So let us not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we do not give up.”