The purpose of the Committee is to provide continuity and permanence to the local outreach. The Committee is made up of lay people from different churches and denominations to help carry on the non-denominational spirit of CEF®, while also, providing a safeguard of keeping the local fellowship true to the Statement of Faith. Local Committee members are expected to attend monthly Committee meetings and CEF® sponsored activities, look for opportunities to present the work to other Christians, support the local ministry financially while seeking others who would do the same, and pray faithfully for the ministry.
Phil Hesson, Chair
Phil has lived his whole life in Chesapeake, Ohio, and has attended First Baptist Church of Proctorville for more than 30 years and has been involved with CEF® in different capacities for all of that time. He believes wholeheartedly in the concept of this organization and its strategies and LOVES being a part of the Great Things the LORD is doing and is GOING to do with the kids in the Tri-State area through this ministry.
Jeff McComas, Vice-Chair and State Board Representative
Jeff lives in Barboursville, WV and is a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a Sunday School teacher and Trustee. Jeff and his Sunday school class felt led by God to get the gospel message out into the community. This caused Jeff and his wife, Amanda, to do some research and learn more about the Good News Club® and CEF®. Once the relationship with Child Evangelism Fellowship® was established, and while the Good News Club® was in its infancy, Jeff felt led by the Holy Spirit to become more involved with CEF®. He is now a Good News Club® Coordinator and a member of the Local Committee. Jeff is excited to help, in any way possible, teach young children about the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Teri DeWeese, Secretary
Teri lives in Gallipolis Ferry, WV, and currently attends New Hope Bible Baptist Church. She was introduced to Child Evangelism Fellowship® when she met the Sayres in 2008, where they gave a presentation on the Good News Club® ministry. God immediately laid it on her heart to start a Good News Club® in her community. She and the Sayres became friends almost immediately, and when they asked her about becoming a committee member in 2010, she felt God's leading once again. CEF® has a special place in her heart, and in her service to the Lord, she is grateful and excited to be a part of this ministry and serve to the best of her ability.
Dale McClung, Treasurer and State Board Representative
Dale lives in Milton, WV, and is a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hurricane, WV. He was first introduced to CEF thru work he was doing with the CEF state office. Over time he became more aware of the mission of CEF as he interacted with the CEF of West Virginia State Director. He was encouraged to read the book, “Every Child Every Nation Every Day," which tells the history of CEF and the life story of the current President of CEF, Reese Kaufman. He followed through in reading the book nearly cover to cover in one sitting, which was truly an act of the Holy Spirit considering Dale is not an avid reader. Reading that book “sealed the deal” for him. He is blessed to have the opportunity to serve as a local committee member to help contribute to children being brought to Christ thru CEF.
Jenny lives in Ashland, Kentucky, and is a member of South Ashland United Methodist Church where she serves on the worship team and as the GNC® Coordinator in her community. She has a heart for children and leading them to Christ. Her passion is to see more Good News Clubs in school districts in the Boyd County area of Kentucky begin. Serving as a local committee member allows her to go beyond her local community to help boys and girls all over the Tri-State area hear the precious gospel message.
Pete was born and raised in Branchland, WV, in Lincoln County. He now lives with his wife, Sandy, in Huntington and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Proctorville, OH. He is a veteran of the US Army where he served a term in Vietnam and worked in the Sheet Metal industry for 15 years. Pete came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1976 and immediately began volunteering in the youth ministry at Grace Baptist Church in Midkiff, WV. He would be called to full-time pastoral ministry shortly thereafter where he would eventually serve as Senior Pastor at Grace Baptist Church for five years. He would then be called to serve as the associate pastor under Bill Davis at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church at Ona, WV, for eight and half years. The Lord would then lead Pete to serve as the Executive Director of the Huntington City Mission for 11 and half years where he would serve until he retired from that position at the end of 2014.
He gained personal exposure to the Good News Club® ministry from his granddaughters who attend the GNC® in their community. He was so impressed by the results he was seeing from them as a direct result of the GNC® that he began pursuing getting a GNC® started through his church in their community school. Since that time, that goal has been seen to completion and they are already praying to open a second school. Soon after seeing this GNC® started, the Lord led Pete to begin serving as a Local Committee Member for CEF® of Greater Huntington where he can help lead this ministry, not only in one or two communities but in the entire Tri-State area. His desire is to see the ministry of CEF® and the Good News Club® continue to grow so that more and more boys and girls can hear the wonderful message of salvation. Pete is convinced that his experiences in life and ministry have all been preparation for this role that the Lord has now called him into.
Dixie has lived in Huntington, WV for the last decade. She has six grandchildren and has worked for several years in a Christian Daycare. Currently she is a member of Christ Temple Church and serves with the Children’s Ministry and as the Good News Club® Coordinator for two schools in Cabell County. She is also on the Board of Directors for Grace Abundant Ministries of Africa, which operates an orphanage in Kenya. Her passion is to spread the Gospel to children and to get further involved with all CEF ministries.
Missy lives in Cattletsburg, Kentucky, and is a member of Cattletsburg Southside Church of the Nazarene. It is there you will find her participating in prayer groups, ministering to children and teens, and coordinating a Good News Club for the local elementary school. Missy believes prayer comes before and is the foundation of every effective ministry. Her heart's desire is to introduce others to Jesus and help them grow in their knowledge and love for Him. As a Local Committee member she looks forward to giving back to a ministry that has enriched her life and ministry greatly.
If you are interested in serving on the local committee, follow these steps:
Fill out the online form linked below, contact the CEF® of Greater Huntington Chapter office, or contact one of the local committee members.
Please read the Statement of Faith.
An interview with the local director or committee member will follow. Should you have any questions, this interview is designed to answer and/or address them.
At a local committee meeting, you will be asked to give your testimony of faith in Christ.
If you believe that God is calling you to become part of this local committee and you are in agreement with the Statement of Faith, the local committee will vote on whether or not to extend membership to you.
If you are accepted as a member of the Greater Huntington Chapter, you will serve, God willing, three years and then rotate off for one year.