About Child Evangelism Fellowship


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.

CEF® is a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize children 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.

CEF wants to reach the children with the Gospel. Our concern in seeking to evangelize them is that “not one of these little ones should perish.”

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 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.


Give us a call:

(812) 756-1694

The CEF Southeast IN Chapter serves the counties of: Bartholomew • Clark • Dearborn • Decatur  Fayette • Franklin • Jefferson • Jennings  Johnson • Ohio • Ripley • Rush • Scott  Shelby • Switzerland • Union 

CEF Needs You…

  • to become involved in the ministry to children in your neighborhood

  • to become a volunteer instructor or teacher with CEF

  • to be trained in effective methods of outreach to the children

  • to pray for the ministry on a daily basis

  • to support CEF financially and to volunteer or serve fulltime

God at Work

Party Clubs Held 

CEF held 7 Easter Party Clubs during March/April teaching over 100 local children! Thank you to the Ripley County Community Foundation for a grant that helped make this possible!

Spring Summer Missionary Retreat

March 12-13 we had 29 young followers of Jesus attend our Spring Retreat to learn about the opportunity to serve as a Summer Missionary (CYIA) this summer in Southeast IN! Praise God for the youth who are eager to teach his word to children!

5-Day Clubs & Party Clubs

We are currently booking 5-Day Clubs and Party Clubs for this summer! Please contact us if you are able to hold one within your community.

Quality Training & Materials

CEF Press offers some of the best material available for ministering to children.

CEF is presently involved in over 165 countries, with over 1,400 staff members. Our emphasis overseas is to develop national workers and leaders. CEF is active in every state and province in North America.

CEF wants to assist you through teaching materials, training and contact with others who can help you. Please submit the Response Form for further information on how we can help you evangelize and disciple children for the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Children’s Ministries Institute (CMI) provides a thorough foundation and ongoing education for those involved at every level of children’s ministry. The popular Teaching Children Effectively courses are offered at CMI 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.