Jonathan Musgrave (Yoli)
Phone: (402) 525-5305
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 (TRACY)
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.”
Assistant to Directors
Phone: (402) 484-7877
Ryan Folken (Joy)
Phone: (402) 281-1386
Ryan grew up going to Good News Clubs (GNC). God used CYIA as a tool to change his life (starting in 1993!). His call to ministry became clear his first summer doing 5-Day Clubs. They have been leading GNCs for 11 years. They got involved in Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) East 13 years ago while Jackie Weiss was the director. Eventually his involvement turned into leading the Advanced Track (one of the three tracks of CYIA) and then being part of the CYIA Lead Team after Jackie left full-time ministry. He loves the ministry of CEF and believe God wants to continue to use this ministry as a tool to effectively reach children for Christ.
Ryan has had the privilege of being married to his wife, Joy, for 21 years. They have four children, Sydney, Isaiah, Micah and Chloe. They all know their way around CEF ministry and are involved in the ministry at some level. Ryan is also a co-pastor at the Louisville Evangelical Free Church.
Mike Pena (Autumn)
Phone: (308) 233-1501
Michael and Autumn Peña, along with their daughters Micaiah and Annaiah, serve as the CEF missionaries for Central Chapter. Michael and Autumn have been walking with the Lord since 2005, and have had the privileged of being mentored by a dear couple who walked with the Lord for 30 years. Before moving to Nebraska, Michael and Autumn were stationed in Bellingham, WA, where Michael served in the US Coast Guard. He served in the Coast Guard for 10 1/2 years where he achieved much success.
In 2015, the Peña’s moved back Nebraska where Michael served in law enforcement, but the Lord continued to stir their hearts towards missions; a desire He had placed in their heart while in Bellingham. Over the next five years, they continued to cross paths with CEF. The call to missions continued to tug at their hearts, fanning their desire to light the world on fire for Christ. Finally, in September of 2020, the Lord brought the pieces together and in November of 2020, they accepted the call to serve full-time with CEF in the Central Chapter.
Monte & Dawn Gurnsey
Phone: (402) 684-2585
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.
Joe Pelling (Hannah)
Phone: (816) 674-6265
Joe Pelling (Hannah) is the new missionary for the Lincoln Chapter! Joe began as the local coordinator for the Lincoln Chapter March 1, 2021. Joe and Hannah both grew up in a Christian home and came to know Christ as Savior as children. At age 20, Joe sensed the Lord’s call to full-time ministry. He has worked with children and youth for the majority of his adult life.
Joe and Hannah met in Bible college and were married in 2019. They moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, for Hannah’s student teaching where they reconnected with the church he had interned with in 2018. Praying for further ministry opportunity, the Lord directed them to accept the call to the CEF of Lincoln Chapter.
Phone: (402) 342-9272
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.”
Brandon Shippy (Sarah)
Phone: (402) 342-9272
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.
Phone: (402) 342-9272
Adrian is the youngest of two boys born in Miami Florida after his parents migrated to the US from Cuba. He came to know Jesus at age five. Adrian and his family are active members of Iglesia Bautista Nazaret. Adrian attended Miami High School where he excelled in music. During high school, Adrian attended Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) where he developed a passion for ministry and teaching children with the Gospel. He was accepted for an internship with CEF headquarters in 2019 and completed Children’s Ministries Institute. Shortly after, Adrian felt God calling him to pursue the position as the ministry coordinator in South Omaha.
Adrian began working with CEF of Omaha in May, 2022. CEF Omaha is thrilled to have Adrian as a key component to help connect the ministry with Hispanic churches in Omaha.
Phone: (402) 342-9272
Carole is originally from Benin in West Africa. Carole came to the United States primarily for school where she obtained a degree in Finance and facilitation in Human Resources. After running away from the Lord for so many years, she had an encounter with God at the end of 2005. From that point on, God transformed her life and is still continuing to transform her. This has been a journey of unlearning and learning, leaning on His Grace and Mercies.
Carole started attending Jubilee Church and became involved with the Good News Club (GNC). That is how Carole had the opportunity to meet with Esther and the team. Carole started being fully involved with the club and the ministry. The Lord lead Carole in a wider capacity by working as an Administrative assistant with CEF as of March of 2022. Carole is married and loves to worship. Carole speaks French and is learning Arabic to help serve in a bigger capacity.
Michael Headley (Lori)
Platte Valley Chapter (Proposed)
Phone: (402) 506-2217
Michael Headley answered the Lord’s call to serve as a local coordinator for the Platte Valley Chapter. He accepted Christ while in a prison in his early 20’s. God dramatically saved him! He pursued knowing Christ not only through his own reading and studying the Bible, but also through halls of education eventually earning a Masters of Divinity degree. God has used him, and his wife Lori, over the years as he served as a pastor in several US states, an evangelist, and an international speaker.
He is in the process of raising support, even while building relationships with pastors and churches. However, this chapter doesn’t officially exist. To be established, a committee to oversee this chapter needs to be formed consisting of a minimum of five people. Pray for God to send five or more people. Please consider supporting him.
Phone: (402) 484-7877
Please be in prayer for Rebekah and family. The Lord called William home in 2022.
Pray the Lord would quickly add an additional missionary(ies) to this chapter.
For further information or questions of this this chapter, contact Jonathan Musgrave at the CEF Nebraska state office. (402-525-5305)
LOCAL MISSIONARIES NEEDED!