About Child Evangelism Fellowship / Meet the Staff

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.

Statement of Faith

Child Evangelism Fellowship Cares About...

  • Discipling Children
Children must be established (discipled) in their Christian lives through the Word of God. They need to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Establishing children in Bible-believing churches
Evangelized children need to be in a local Bible believing church where they can continue to grow in faith on a regular basis. Many times families of the children also become established in the church which is an added blessing for the children.
  • Involving other Christians in ministry to children
CEF®’s greatest need is for those who will see the fields which are “white unto harvest” and become involved in this outreach to children of the world.

Child Evangelism Needs You...

  • to become involved in the ministry to children in your local school through the After School Good News Club® program during the school year. Or host a 5-Day Club® during the summer
  • to become a volunteer helper, teacher or instructor with CEF
  • to be trained in effective methods of outreach to the children
  • to pray for the ministry on a daily basis
  • to partner with CEF as a financial supporter (CEF is a nonprofit organization. You will receive a tax deductible receipt for your financial donations.)

Child Evangelism Fellowship Staff

Joe Williquette

State Director

Joseph Rukavina

Twin Cities Local Director

Johannah Rukavina

State CYIA Coordinator

Ron Hanson

Ministry Contact Coordinator

Caiden Fulcher

Head of Lakes Local Director

Katherine Strand

Great River Ministry Coordinator

Hannah Davison

Great River Ministry Coordinator

Ashley Abbot

Twin Cities Subchapter Ministry Coordinator

Ian Vroon

Twin Cities Subchapter Ministry Coordinator

Timothy Pressley

Twin Cities Subchapter Ministry Coordinator

Hannah Anderson

Teacher Trainer