CEF Chapters Across MS:

CEF of Mississippi Inc Headquarters 

405 E. 7th Street

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Tel: 601-602-5224

Fax: 601-781-4459

Ammie Davis (State Director) -

Greater Jackson Chapter

5422 Clinton Boulevard
Jackson, MS 39209
Dr. Carrie Acey 
Phone: 769-223-2249

Gulf Coast Chapter

PO Box 1459

Madison, MS 39130
Contact Person: Dr. Kenneth Hollins, Local Director
Phone: (228) 297-5825

Golden Triangle Chapter

PO Box 255
Louisville, MS 39339
Ms. Ammie Davis


South Central Chapter

PO Box 141
Magnolia, MS 39652
POC: Irene Martin, Local Director
Phone: (601) 249-7281

Southern MS Delta Region

PO Box 1459
Madison, MS 39130
Contact Person: LilyAnn Gerhardt, Ministry Coordinator
Phone: (601) 831-8556

Interested in Serving?

Do you feel God is calling you to serve in Child Evangelism Fellowship?  We have many opportunities to serve.  We are actively seeking additional board members who would become an ambassador for the ministry.  We have opportunities on our sub committees for the following:

  • Financial Subcommittee

  • Personnel Subcommittee

  • Ministry Subcommittee

Download our Board and Committee Candidate Quick Review flier below.

Board Members & Staff
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Dr. Ben Burnett


Executive Vice President, Dean of Education, Professor of Education at William Carey University.  Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Former Superintendent of the Lamar County School District.


Dean Belton

Vice Chair

Ordained minister, Music and Missions for Belton Ministries.  Ph. D. in Educational Administration from USM.    Former Unit Director of Salvation Army boys & girls club in Hattiesburg. Former Minister of Music at Military Baptist Church.  Member of Parkway Baptist Biloxi.

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Milton Stennett

Treasurer & Finance Team

Former CFO of Laurel School District, Church administrator and Children Director at Life Church of Laurel.  BBA in Accountancy from Ole Miss.  MBA in Finance from USM. 

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Erica Jones

Secretary and Fundraising Team

CEO and founder of HAPS Educational Consulting Services, Masters in childhood education and Bachelor of Science in family relations and child development. Husband pastors Greater Mt. Bethel Baptist church of Hattiesburg. 

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Karen Gatlin

Mission and Fundraising Team

Children Ministry Director at the Circle Church in Ellisville, Veteran of the Army National Guard.  Mission work as medical evangelist. Wife and mother of 3.


Otis Walters

Mission and Fundraising Team

Local Pastor and founding member of North Street Missions in Ellisville.  Mr. Walters has dedicated his time and talent to serving the underprivileged in our communities both in ministry and occupation as a substitute teacher and bus driver. 

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Beth Johnson

Local Coordinator

Began volunteering in 2019 with a burden for unchurched children.  Member of Connect Church in Laurel.  Wife and mother of 3. Owner and founder of Beth Johnson Advertising. 


Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize 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 church for Christian living.

CEF® was founded by Jesse Irvin Overholtzer in 1937. Growing up in a religious family, Jesse at the age of 12 was convicted of his own sin and sought counsel from his mother. He was told, “Son, you are too young.” It wasn’t until Overholtzer was in college that he heard the Gospel and trusted Christ as his Savior.

Later as a pastor Mr. Overholtzer read one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons which stated, “A child of five, if properly instructed can as truly believe and be regenerated as an adult.” The Lord used this statement in Mr. O’s life to lead him to begin the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship when he was 60 years old. 


The ministry has grown into the largest evangelistic outreach to children in the world. CEF is currently ministering in countries around the world and in every state in the U.S.


CEF of MS, Pinebelt Chapter was chartered by USA Ministries on 10/1/2020 and includes counties:

  1. Jefferson Davis

  2. Covington

  3. Jones

  4. Wayne

  5. Marion

  6. Lamar

  7. Forrest

  8. Perry

  9. Greene