About us

Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international, Bible centred faith ministry, and a fellowship of Christians dedicated to reaching and leading children to Christ. Our purpose is to help individuals and churches to “evangelise 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 Bible believing church for Christian living.”

— Mission Statement

Reaching the children of New Zealand

Our history

Founded in the USA in 1937 by Rev. J. Irvin Overholtzer, a man to whom God gave a vision for boys and girls in need of the Saviour.

New Zealand CEF® was founded in 1951, and continues today with the same vision as Irvin Overholtzer. The history of CEF® in New Zealand has been compiled in a 50 years commemorative booklet which can be purchased from our National Office (contact details below).

Our purpose

To evangelise boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in the local church for Christian living.

CEF® cares about disciplining children. Children must be established (disciplined) in their Christian lives through the Word of God. They need to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

CEF® cares about establishing children in Bible-believing churches. Evangelised 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.

We have a 14 article statement of faith which sets out what we believe and why.

What we do

Over the past 75 years God has given Child Evangelism Fellowship a number of unique ministries which have proven to be effective tools in our effort to evangelize and disciple children.


Child Evangelism Fellowship offers a variety of training options. Training is available for all those working with children or who wish to know more about it or just getting started. Suitable for use with summer outreach, community events, Sunday School or Children’s Church, afterschool clubs and programmes.

Truth Chasers Club

The Truth Chasers Club® (CEF Mailbox Club™)  is a free International CEF Bible Study Club. Children who join will receive age graded lessons posted to them and once completed and returned for marking the next lesson will be posted once the former lesson is marked.

Would you like to join the Truth Chasers Club? Register here.

Resourcing children’s workers and ministries

CEF materials are known for their fine teaching content and attractive visuals. Songs, Bible lessons and training books are available. Get resources from CEF International Headquarter

Where are we

Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Zealand

Contact Alan Pfeiffer ,
Phone 07 8633530
Mob 0212638496

or use the Contact form to get in touch with us.