Staff USA

Loren D. Eckhardt

Executive Director of Prakash for India

Loren Eckhardt joined the staff of Prakash Association USA as Executive Director in 1994.

After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict, Loren returned home to a career in retail that lasted more than 35 years. In 1975, he traveled to India on a short-term missions trip, where he led a team in digging a well for Prakash Institute. While there, he developed a deep passion for the people of India. That passion was shared by his wife Sylvia, who worked in India during the 1960s in missionary support.

At a Promise Keepers Convention in the early 1990s, Loren felt called to full-time Christian ministry. He and Sylvia sold their business and committed themselves to God’s call.

Loren holds a degree in education from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. He and Sylvia reside in Georgia. They have two grown sons, Devin and Trenton.

Loren D. Eckhardt


Loren D. Eckhardt


  • Lorin Claney, Fulton, CA
  • Mina Solorio, Treasurer from Watsonville, CA
  • Mark Hillenga, Aptos, CA
  • Bill Fernald, Mount Hermon, CA
  • Erik Hartstrom, Sacramento, CA