About Foundation

Every Child, Every Nation

CEF NorCal is a branch of Child Evangelism Fellowship

We are united in mission. Our prayer is God would give every child in Northern California the opportunity to hear and respond to his Good News.

It is only about Sharing the Gospel with the Children

Counties Covered


300+ Public School Clubs

1,600 Professions of Faith


12,000 Children Reached

48 Counties Served

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Child Evangelism Fellowship, also known as 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 and to establish (disciple) them in the local church for Christian living. CEF has over 2,900 missionaries overseas, approximately 2,200 of whom are nationals. In the USA and Canada 700 full-time workers and an estimated 40,000 volunteers serve the ministry. CEF was founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in 1937.

Growing up in a religious family, Jesse at the age of 12 was convicted of his own sin and sought counsel from his mother. He was told, “Son, you are too young.” It wasn’t until Overholtzer was in college that he heard the Gospel and trusted Christ as his Savior.

Later as a pastor Mr. Overholtzer read one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons which stated, “A child of five, if properly instructed can as truly believe and be regenerated as an adult.” The Lord used this statement in Mr. O’s life to lead him to begin the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship when he was 60 years old. The ministry has grown into the largest evangelistic outreach to children in the world. CEF is currently ministering in countries around the world and in every state in the U.S.

How We Reach The Children

Good News Club

Good News Club® is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in where trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, just about anywhere else children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission.

5 Day Club

5-Day Club® is an exciting, fun-filled, 90 minute club, held each day for five consecutive days. It includes: dynamic Bible lessons, creative learning activities, inspiring missionary stories, meaningful songs, and life-changing Scripture memorization.


State Director

CEF NorCal is led by State Director Tony. A graduate of Patten College with a degree in Biblical Studies. Tony believes in relational leadership and is passionate about personal development and developing his teams.

Local Leadership

At the local level CEF NorCal is stewarded by a local committee, this group acts on behalf of the State Board and has the primary function of expanding the ministry. The local ministry relies on a local director who runs the day to day operations of the local chapter.

State Board

The State Board is responsible for the overall health of CEF NorCal.

How We Are Funded

From the time Child Evangelism Fellowship was founded in 1937, our financial policy has been Ask God and tell His people. We recognize that God is the source of all the resources we have and all the resources we need. We are very thankful to God for the thousands of friends of CEF who give generously to make this ministry possible. We recognize that we are stewards of a sacred trust.

Therefore, we are committed to accountability and transparency in all of our finances. Each year the ministry undergoes an independent financial audit. The most recent audited financial statements, along with our most recent Form 990 federal tax return, can be found below.