Reverend David Eikenberry became just the 17th pastor in the church's
long history when he accepted our call in 1992. He came to us from the
First Presbyterian Church of Greenfield, Indiana where he served for five
years. He brought imaginative ideas and leadership which has continued
to this day. The hallmark of Pastor Eikenberry's service to our
congregation has been leading a time of tremendous spiritual growth, as
our body of believers has drawn closer together and to our Lord.
While attending Purdue University, he was also on staff at Covenant
Presbyterian Church, and for two years he was responsible for that
church's college ministry. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in
chemical engineering, Pastor Eikenberry attended Louisville Presbyterian
Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree.
While attending seminary, he served as a student minister at the
Springdale Presbyterian Church in Somerset, Kentucky.
Pastor recognized early on in his ministry the importance of Bible study
within the lives of our members. He presently leads a Wednesday
evening study and a men's group the first Saturday morning of each
month and has encouraged the formation of several other groups.
Shortly after arriving in Waukegan, pastor collaborated with Dr. Beth
Naegele in establishing the First Presbyterian Philharmonic. They
managed to blend experienced, skilled musicians with others of lesser
abilities and craft them into a cohesive, enthusiastic group.
Another priority for Pastor Dave is outreach in the community. That
includes involvement with community groups. He shares his considerable
trumpet skills by playing with the Waukegan Symphony and in the
Pastor is in the final stages of completing the Doctor of Ministry Degree
at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His thesis deals with the benefits of
intergenerational ministry and its interworkings in a congregation.
Pastor Eikenberry's greatest ministerial challenge came in 2011 when
our denomination was on the verge of approving a measure that was
clearly contrary to God's Word. With one Presbytery after another
approving this radical change to the Book of Order, Pastor proactively
brainstormed with his elders to craft a response and plan of action for our
church. It was the right thing to do biblically and the only way to ensure
the survival of our 150-plus year old church. After many small group
meetings were organized and led by the elders to keep our members
informed as to the details of the situation, an historic vote of 91-10 was
taken to leave the Presbytery of Chicago and PCUSA for membership in
the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He nurtured the officers and
congregants alike throughout the negotiation and dismissal process. This
journey culminated on September 15, 2013 with the church's reception
and installation into the EPC.
Dave and his wife Kathleen have three children and reside in the manse.