Name: JT Eberhard
Location: Columbus, OH
Former Religion: Baptist
Organization Affiliation: Secular Student Alliance (National Speaker)
“As a writer, JT Eberhard is smart, funny, honest, and totally fearless. As an organizer, he is passionate, dedicated, inspired, and as determined as a bulldog. And, as a speaker, he tears the roof off the sucker. We are insanely lucky to have him on our side.” – Greta Christina
Before joining the SSA, JT was most known as a debater on atheism and LGBT rights and as the co-founder of the Skepticon annual conference. From 2008-2010, JT worked as the organizing team leader for Skepticon 1, 2, and 3. The event would usher in a new format of conventions featuring rock star lineups while allowing people to attend for free. The event was also operated by a student group, reinforcing the idea that students can have an enormous impact on the national stage.
That student group was the Missouri State University Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which JT co-founded and led after the group’s first
president captain, Dr. David Burger, graduated. The group would become a dual affiliate with the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry and would go on to make news on several occasions, often for their unconventional approach to combating religion such as building a cardboard box fort in the middle of campus to counter-protest evangelists or massing on their school’s free speech zone with expletive-bearing signs in response to the school saying bands could not use coarse language.
Outside of his work as an activist, Eberhard is a veteran of the Springfield Regional Opera’s Young Artist Program. A baritone, JT has a handful of professional roles to his credit with various companies including work under the directorship of two-time Grammy-winner James Billings. His other interests include playing cards, performing magic, and physical fitness.
JT Eberhard presently lives in Columbus, Ohio where he dreams of inventive new ways to highlight the dangers and failings of religion while he searches for the next great adventure!
“Everywhere I travel I hear people ask how we get the youth into our movement and passionate about it. JT is the man for the job. He exudes the passion, speaks their language, understands their interests and concerns, and is totally plugged into the next generation’s sense of humor.” ~ Richard Carrier, Ph.D., author of Sense and Goodness without God