Our Story

We are a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God ​and in a local church for Christian living.

Child Evangelism Fellowship 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. 

In 2019, through all CEF ministries combined, over 25.1 million children worldwide heard the Good News.

CEF wants to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our concern in seeking to evangelize them is that "not one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14)

CEF provides classes to train workers and other Christians who are burdened for evangelizing children.  Training is offered throughout the USA and around the world through seminars, conferences, and formal courses.  All courses are dedicated to providing quality, practical training ​for those called of God to take the Gospel message to children. 

CEF Press
 produces and distributes Bible and missionary lessons and related materials for use in teaching children to help accomplish the goals of the ministry. Many products are translated into over 89 different languages and distributed around the world. 

Child Evangelism Fellowship Cares About...

  • Discipling Children
    Children must be established (discipled) in their Christian lives through the Word of God.

  • Establishing children in Bible-believing churches 
    Evangelized children need to be in the local church where they can continue growing on a regular basis. In this way, CEF serves the church and assists in the goal of church growth.

  • 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. 
  • get involved in the ministry to children in your neighborhood
  • get trained effective methods of outreach to the children
  • get connected with current news and pray for the ministry on a daily basis
  • get involved as a financial supporter
  • get signed up as a volunteer or serve full time