Bachelor's Degree, Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, 1947; Master of Divinity, Lutheran School Theology Chicago, 1950; Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Lenoir Rhyne College, 1974.
Assistant pastor, St. John's Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa., 1950-1951; pastor, First Lutheran Church, Newton, Iowa., 1951-1956; pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Missouri, 1956-1960; pastor, Wilmette (Illinois) Lutheran, 1960-1961; stewardship secretary, Illinois Synod United Lutheran Church American, Chicago, 1961-1962; assistant to president/bishop, Lutheran Church American, New York City, 1962-1991. Acting executive director Office for Communications, New York City, 1972-1973, 77. Bishop's liaison Board of Publication, Philadelphia, 1982-1987.
President Parent-Teachers Association, Englewood, New Jersey, 1966.
Married Betty Jane Froehlich, June 10, 1950. Children: Nancy Ellen Eckard Verderosa, Ruth Ann Eckard Anderson, Linda Jane.