In lieu of flowers, Pastor Keith’s family has asked that donations be made to the missions endeavours of World Focus Inc. at www.worldfocusinc.com.
May 21, 2020
It is with great sadness that I need to inform you of Pastors Keith’s passing. He will be missed beyond measure and we have suffered a tremendous loss of a gifted pastor, prophet and man of God. He, however, has gone onto his reward and is rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus. He is now pain free and cancer free and beginning the journey of discovering the mysteries of God that he has longed to know for so many years.
Most of you would not be aware that as 2020 began he started to pray that this year he would learn what it truly meant to “know God.” Those of us close to Keith could see that there was something “deep” spiritually going on with him, and I now believe that God was preparing him for this moment. He left this world with utter confidence of where he was going and not an ounce of fear.
In 2 Timothy 4:6 Paul made this bold statement, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” These words fit Pastor Keith to a tee. Though 66 years does not seem long enough by our human standards, Keith accomplished more spiritually then most of us could in 166 years. To the very end he fought the good fight, in his ministry he finished the race, and with his life he kept the faith. On Thursday afternoon Pastor Keith entered the realms of Glory and heard the words he has longed for his entire life, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord.”
Thank you for standing with us during this difficult battle. Please remember to pray for Susan and the rest of the family as they deal with the loss of the beloved patriarch of their clan. We will keep you posted when arrangements have been made.
May the Lord grant you peace and comfort.
Pastor Mark Hughes
Obituary for Keith James Eberhard
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Keith James Eberhard passed away at his home in Winnipeg surrounded by his family. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on April 5, 1954, to parents Harry and Lorraine Eberhard. He attended Rosemont Elementary School and Luther College High School in Regina. Then he received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Regina, Luther College. He also took language and Bible classes.
Keith married Susan Zepick on October 2, 1976, in Regina, and both obtained teaching positions in the city the next year. They moved to Canora, Saskatchewan, where Keith pastored Parkland Christian Centre and ran a Christian School. They moved to Winnipeg in 1994, where Keith joined the staff at Church of the Rock until his death.
Keith was predeceased by his father, Harry Eberhard. He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan, his mother, Lorraine Eberhard, his sister, Margarette Graham (Stewart), 4 children: Deborah McVeigh (Danny), Nancy Born (Jason), Ben Eberhard (Fanny), Tanya Mahoney (Matt), and 7 grandchildren.
Keith was involved in athletics and various school clubs. He attended church from a young age and served in various capacities in church life. He was a leader in youth settings and started a Christian band, Revelation, which ministered in various churches. He studied the Bible formally but also at home whenever he could get away to learn something more. He pursued a relationship with God with faithfulness and fervor.
Keith loved working at Church of the Rock for over 25 years; he found his work there challenging, fulfilling and exciting. He served in any capacity he could: teaching, preaching, praying, shoveling snow, or getting the refreshments for a meeting. He was not afraid to clean up a mess so someone else would not have to. Keith’s greatest passion was missions. He was the founding president of World Focus, an arm’s length organization that partnered with Church of the Rock to sponsor church planters in Africa and India, build orphanages in Uganda and Haiti, administrate child sponsorship programs in developing countries, and help advance the Kingdom of God around the world. Keith travelled extensively and led teams to some of the most distant mission fields of the world. He built partnerships with missions organizations that were doing valuable work to advance the gospel in restricted and difficult regions. He served as a board member for One Book, which provides Bible Translation and Literacy Projects amongst the unreached people groups of the world.
At the end of the day and every trip, he was happy to be at home with his family. He was involved in the life of his children and grandchildren and always wanted to help them learn a new concept or skill.
A memorial service will be live streamed at 6 PM (CDT) from Church of the Rock at http://churchoftherock.live.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to https://www.worldfocusinc.com.