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!
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
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.”
Phone: (402) 342-9272
“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!”
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.
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.
William Lewis (Bekah)
Phone: (402) 880-2824
William and Bekah both grew up in Christian homes with family members heavily involved in ministry, and were both blessed to come to a saving faith in Christ at the ages of 7 and 5 respectively. They met and served together at Bethel Bible Camp in Wellfleet NE as dorm leaders for many years developing a passion for youth ministry and watching children and young adults grow in their own walk with Christ. William and Rebekah married in the summer of 2016 while William was in college at Frontier School of the Bible. The same year William graduated from Frontier God gifted the Lewis’s with their son Logan.
The Lewis’s moved to Lincoln, NE, and were hungry to find a place they could serve and be used by God. After being approached by a member of CEF, they began praying for God guidance. At His direction, they accepted the call to serve with CEF in the Southeast Chapter and are eager how the Lord’s leads them further. They are especially excited to meet and serve with other members and volunteers of CEF and grow relationships with other Christians in the chapter who have a passion for the Gospel and ministry.
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