About CEF

A ministry that cares about the world’s children.

This ministry 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. Today his vision lives on. Child Evangelism Fellowship is not affiliated with any church, but is a Bible-centered, world-wide organization composed of believers that share Rev. Overholtzer’s vision. Currently CEF is involved in over 140 countries with over 2,200 staff members.

Child Evangelism Fellowship is concerned with reaching children with the Gospel so that “not one of these little ones should perish” (Matthew 18:14). More than just evangelism of children; however, CEF is concerned with the continuing discipleship of children as well as establishing children in Bible-believing so that their knowledge of Christ and faith in Him can continue to be nourished and grow.

We believe in:

  • The Holy Bible
  • The Holy Trinity
  • The deity of Christ
  • The deity of the Holy Spirit
  • The fall of man
  • Jesus’ substitution death of sinners
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Salvation be faith alone
  • The Church composed of all believers
  • The call to life of separation
  • The evangelization of the world
  • The personal return of Jesus Christ
  • Instant union with the Christ for those who die as believers
  • Eternal punishment for the unsaved
  • The reality of Satan

There are various ways in which CEF ministers to children:

  • Good News Club – in public schools or homes for one hour a week during the school year
  • 5-Day Clubs – in a neighborhood for one-hour over five consecutive days
  • Party Clubs – in churches, schools or communities for an hour of more held once a month, several times or once a year
  • Fairs and Open Air – giving out the Gospel to children wherever they are
  • And more…

CEF is always looking for Christians to see the need to reach the children and join with them to reach the children. You can become involved with CEF by:

  1. Becoming involved in ministry to the children in your neighborhood
  2. Training in the effective methods of outreach to children
  3. Praying for the ministry on a daily basis
  4. Supporting CEF financially
  5. Volunteer or serving full time with CEF
  6. Serve on the local CEF Committee