Staff

Jonathan Musgrave (Yoli)

Jonathan Musgrave (Yoli)

State Director

State Office

Phone: (402) 525-5305
Email: jonathan@cefnebraska.org

Because Jonathan trusted Christ as a child, he realized the importance of children’s ministry. The Lord allowed him to become involved in CEF as “camp pastor” for Christian Youth In Action® (CYIATM) in 1999. Eventually, the Lord led him to accept the position of local director of the Lincoln Chapter at the end of 2003. By March of 2004, permission was granted to hold a Good News Club® (GNC®) in every public elementary school in Lincoln! August 13, 2005, he married his sweetheart, Yoli, and God has given them three precious children, Ariana, Ethan, and Isaac. In 2011, God allowed him to become the State Director for CEF in Nebraska. The Musgrave’s enjoy serving the Lord together as a family reaching the children and families of Nebraska. They praise the Lord for what He is doing and for all the laborers He has raised up to work in His harvest! Please join with them through your prayers and financial partnership so that they might be even more effective in impacting the more than 250,000 elementary children in Nebraska for Jesus!

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

Stewardship Director

State Office

Phone: 402-480-5515
Email: matta@cefnebraska.org

Matt gave his life to Christ on Labor Day of 1995.   He has been blessed with three children, all of whom have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  His life has experienced many major challenges.  A huge challenge was the death of his first wife to Ovarian Cancer in 2007.  Alone, he wandered down a path becoming the person he didn’t want to be.  However, in the Lord’s graciousness, he brought Matt back to Himself and also brought to him Tracy, to whom he has been married to for nearly 10 years.

Through the loss of his wife, his father and mother, his father-in-law (who was murdered), and another major family crisis, Matt and Tracy continued to grow spiritually and lean even more on the Father. As they regularly turn to the Father, He turns these challenging situations into life-changing positive events.

The Lord has led him to serve with CEF of Nebraska—an opportunity borne out of a conversation with Jonathan Musgrave.  He affirms, “I feel as though every event in my life has brought me to this exact point in time.  As I look back upon each of these events and others I can now see how God was moving me towards this next chapter in my life.  I look forward to serving God and this ministry.”

Kairee Leiss

Kairee Leiss

Coordinator

Central Chapter

Phone: (402) 224-3558
Email: director@cefcentral.com

Kairee grew up in a loving catholic family but, did not really understand the meaning of Christianity, or what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus.  When she was sixteen, she was invited by a friend to attend a Summer youth group.  Upon making new friends and being influenced by Godly women who constantly poured their love and truth into her, she chose to give her life to Jesus and pursue Him.

When she moved to Kearney about a year ago, she was working a full time and a part time job, while pursuing a degree in social work.  She was mentally and physically tired all the time. In April 2019, she started praying for a job that would support her so she would not need two jobs, allowing her free time for school work and to be a part of a ministry again. When she told her Pastor about her prayer, he put her in contact with another church member, Steve Crow, who is also on the local CEF Central Chapter committee.  The chapter was looking for a new coordinator.  After a lot of praying and seeking her friends’ advice, she decided to apply and see where the Lord would lead.  She is so excited for this new adventure God has gave her and looks forward to seeing how His plans unfold. 

MISSIONARIES NEEDED

Ministry Coordinator

Central Chapter

Missionaries Needed!

Monte & Dawn Gurnsey

Monte & Dawn Gurnsey

Directors

Cherry Chapter

Phone: (402) 684-2585
Email: gurnseymo@abbnebraska.com

Monte and Dawn serve in the Cherry Chapter in North Central Nebraska. Monte was led to the Lord at the age of three. He was led to Christ by the lady who became the first director for the Cherry Chapter. Her favorite counseling tool was using the Wordless Book. He always had a love for children and often took a turn babysitting in the nursery for his local church. He attended a Good News Club his sixth grade year in Bassett. He really didn’t have much contact with CEF for several years even though he knew a lot of the people involved in the local ministry. Dawn was led to the Lord through a camp ministry her grandparents were involved in. There wasn’t much spiritual growth until college when she made contact with the Navigators and Campus Crusade for Christ ministries. In 1985, Monte and Dawn felt called into CEF and attended Children’s Ministries Institute® (CMI®) that fall and have served as local directors for the Cherry Chapter since that time. They have eight children, all of whom have attended Christian Youth in Action® (CYIATM) training.

Stephanie Wolfe

Stephanie Wolfe

Field Missionary

Lincoln Chapter

Phone: (402) 937-5901
Email: stephanie@ceflincoln.org

Stephanie was raised in a family with both parents heavily involved with ministry. At age 4, she remembers understanding Jesus’ sacrifice and accepted Him as her savior. She was baptized at age 6 in the church she grew up in in Bismarck, ND, and again in the Jordan River at age 15.

She experienced a call to the mission field at age 16 while on a mission’s trip to Haiti. Later that year, she accepted an invitation for another mission’s trip to Malawi. This calling seemed to slow down over the next few years.

She married her husband Treynor in June of 2017, with the focus of strengthening their marriage in Christ and on their jobs. In the summer of 2018, she began feeling called back to missions. God used a close friend and CEF staff member to suggest CEF, and it was immediately clear that this was what she was supposed to do. The fire for missions came back, and she is striving to reach all of Lincoln’s children.

Esther Beasley

Esther Beasley

Coordinator

Omaha Chapter

Phone: (402) 342-9272
Email: esther@cefofomaha.org

Esther was born and raised in Omaha. After a discussion with her father when she was 4 years old she believed in Jesus for salvation. All 8 of her siblings have attended CYIA and have taught a Good News Club (GNC). When Esther turned 13 she began teaching 5-Day Clubs and GNCs. After graduating high school, where she was homeschooled, Esther attended the 12 week Children’s Ministries Institute. Esther’s greatest joy in life is serving Jesus, by loving and teaching children to have a relationship with God. Esther says “I can honestly say, that I would not be where I am today in my relationship with God if it were not for CEF. Through this ministry, I have experienced what it means to reach out and love other people. I would encourage any young person to attend CYIA and actively teach in an after school GNC. Nothing has impacted my personal life more than these two things.”

Hannah Schafer

Hannah Schafer

Office Administrator

Omaha Chapter

Phone: (402) 342-9272
Email: hannah@cefofomaha.org

Hannah grew up in a wonderful Christian family and accepted Christ at a very young age. She first attended CYIA in 2015, with the hope of just making some more friends. God had so much more in store for her. The staff and older students constantly pointed to Christ and encouraged her to grow a deeper relationship with him. Hannah left camp totally transformed having rededicated her life to Christ. Since then, she has continued to work with CEF, both through 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs. She faithfully attends Crosspoint Bible Church and is heavily involved there. Through Crosspoint, her gifts and talents were fostered, and she felt God calling her into full-time ministry.”

Miranda Rappley

Miranda Rappley

Ministry Coordinator

Omaha Chapter

Phone: (402) 342-9272
Email: miranda@cefofomaha.org

Miranda was born in Michigan, and after several moves across four different states, she landed in Omaha, Nebraska. She absolutely loves living in Nebraska and considers that home over all the different places she’s been blessed to live in. She is a Pastor’s daughter and the oldest of four children to her parents, Matthew and Jenny Rappley. During her high school years, she had the opportunity to attend CYIA and teach 5-Day Clubs for a few years which ultimately began her love for teaching children. She went on to teaching a Good News Club her senior year of high school and truly loved it. After high school, she moved to California and was able to work with children that had special needs, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder. She now has returned to Omaha to continue the ministry God has called her to. Miranda says “I honestly have to attribute my desire to work with kids to attending CYIA all throughout high-school. It opened so many doors and so many more desires in my heart that I am excited to continually get to work with. Thank you to CEF for having a ministry that gets teens involved and sharing the Gospel!”

Sarah Bartsch

Sarah Bartsch

Intern

Omaha Chapter

Phone: (402) 342-9272
Email: intern@cefofomaha.org

“Sarah grew up in Blair and Omaha, Nebraska, in a jolly, loving family of seven who always pointed her to the Lord. She chose to believe in Christ as her Savior at a very young age, but didn’t really take her faith seriously until middle school when she started attending CYIA and teaching a Good News Club. Through these amazing ministries, along with ministries at Crosspoint Bible Church, she grew closer to the Lord. Through Good News Club, God showed her the extreme brokenness of our world, which she saw in the heartbreaking lives and homes of the sweet children she got to know every week. Through the years, God has not only been growing her love for Him, but also her love for kids, and passion for children’s ministry. She plans to attend Children’s Ministries Institute at the CEF Headquarters after high school, and can’t wait to see what God has planned for her life!”

Brandon Shippey

Brandon Shippey

Intern

Omaha Chapter

Phone: (402) 342-9272
Email: intern@cefofomaha.org

Brandon was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska. Growing up with four other siblings was a real joy for him. Brandon attended the Awana program at his church, Community Bible, and it was there that he received Jesus as his Savior. Brandon states “I didn’t fully realize what it meant to be a Christian until I attended Christian Youth in Action and was introduced to CEF. The people at camp challenged me to grow in my personal walk with God and gain a burden for the lost children of the world.” Brandon plans to attend the Children’s Ministries Institute at CEF Headquarters next fall. Brandon feels blessed to have this opportunity and can’t wait to see what God has planned for his life.

Jack Swanson

Jack Swanson

Intern

Omaha Chapter

Phone: (402) 342-9272
Email: intern@cefnebraska.org

Jack has lived in Omaha, Nebraska for most of his life. He’s grown up in a strong Christian family with two siblings. Jack grew up going to Awana and through that, along with Bible studies at home, he came to believe in Jesus as his Savior. But it wasn’t until he attended CYIA in 2014 that he really started growing a strong relationship with God. Since then, he has gotten involved with Community Bible Church and their youth group. He has gone on several mission trips with the church that has also really encouraged him in his faith.

Dakota Hanley

Dakota Hanley

Coordinator

Southeast Chapter

Phone: (402) 335-0593
Email: dakota@cefnebraska.org

Dakota is a small-town girl from Cook NE. She loves riding horses, working with her animals and working as a farrier on the side.  Since she was a small child, she always knew who Jesus was and believed that He died to save her from her sins. But one thing was off, she could not find her mission.  She was 11-years-old when her life was turned around. On Dec. 12, 2010, she witnessed her 21-month-old brother crushed and killed by a dresser. This incident left her separated from her family and friends not wanting to let herself get attached to anyone for fear that she would lose them. God was constantly at work in her life, even though she struggled with her purpose in life. The Lord nurtured in her a heart for children. She did not want to see any child be left without the opportunity to accept Christ as their Savior.

When she was 15, her pastor told her about Christian Youth In Action (CYIA).  That summer she learned how to share her faith with children and adults too! CEF became a big part of her life.  On her third summer with them, she started working as the summer intern. In the fall of 2017, she attended Children’s Ministries Institute (CMI) for training to go full time with CEF.  She has acquired her mission and is ready and willing to see where God takes her in the new position of Southeast NE Coordinator.”

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