About

Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) was founded in 1937 by Rev. J. Irvin Overholtzer, a man with a God-given VISION for boys and girls in need of the Savior. His vision continues to live on today.

CEF is a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers whose PURPOSE is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, disciple them in the Word of God and establish them in a Bible believing church for Christian living.

CEF wants to reach the children with the Gospel so that "not one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14)

CEF is actively expanding ministry into new nations and new areas within nations with a goal of reaching Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day. Our emphasis overseas is to develop national workers and leaders. CEF is active in every state and province in North America.

CEF Press offers the very best materials available to help you evangelize and disciple children from toddlers to high school.

The Children's Ministries Institute® (CMI®) provides a thorough foundation and ongoing education for those involved at every level of children's ministry. Courses are offered at CMI, online, and at various locations throughout the country. CMI's central campus is west of St. Louis in Warrenton, Missouri and offers extension sites around the world.

I'm very burdened that people evangelize the children, not because we say so, but because it is commanded in the Word of God.
Jesse I. Overholtzer, founder of CEF