JT Eberhard

Independent — Columbus, OH

As a student, JT Eberhard co-founded the Missouri State University Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which became one of the nation's largest and most active college skeptic groups within a year.  He would go on to lead the group for five years. He previously served as the High School Specialist with the Secular Student Alliance. 

Aside from his work with the SSA, Eberhard is most recognized as the co-founder of the Skepticon annual convention, one of the largest gatherings of atheists world-wide and a pioneer for the concept of the student-run conference.  During the event's first three years JT served as the lead organizer as well as appearing as the emcee during the first two years and as a speaker ever since Skepticon 2.

JT maintains a steady schedule as a speaker/debater focusing mainly on religion, mental illness, gay rights, and the youth skeptic movement.  His career has included venues such as the Secular Student Alliance’s national convention, the Center for Inquiry’s leadership convention, the American Atheist's national conference, the American Humanist Association's national convention, Dragon*Con, and a long list of other events.  As a debater he has several solo events to his credit as well as team efforts with the likes of Matt Dillahunty, Victor Stenger, and Richard Carrier primarily over the topics of religion and gay rights.

JT is also the author of the popular blog What Would JT Do? on the Patheos network.

JT can be reached via e-mail


Topic(s): Activism & Organizing, Psychology, Religion, Social Issues & Movements

Sub-topic(s): Campus group organizing, Event planning, Atheist/secular movement, Mental illness, LGBTQ issues