Meet the Team
Jay Runyon is the State Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship of NH. Jay first served in CEF of NH at Camp Good News in 1998. Jay is the senior pastor at Grace Bible Fellowship in Franklin, NH. He and his wife Jodie served on the board of directors for CEF of NH for two and a half years before starting this new ministry position.
Jay looks forward to working with the churches to reach the children in their areas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to establish them in those churches for discipleship in the walk with Jesus.
While serving as the State Coordinator Jay will be filling the role of State Director.
In 1983 through the witness of church members at a local Bible church, Kelly and her entire family trusted in Christ as Savior. As Kelly grew in her relationship with Christ, her heart was moved to serve Him as a full-time missionary through missions conferences at her church and Christian school. In college Kelly first learned about Child Evangelism Fellowship through a classmate as she was seeking to go overseas for the summer. She spent two summers ministering with CEF to the U.S. military children and families stationed in Germany. After college, Kelly attended CEF’s Children’s Ministries Institute (CMI). Although her heart yearned for the excitement of ministering overseas in a cross-cultural experience, the Lord began to remind her of a statement her college missions’ professor shared: “You must first have a burden for people at home before God will give you a burden for people overseas.” The Lord challenged Kelly again through these words and showed her the mission field right at her doorstep… the children of New Hampshire! In 1997, Kelly joined CEF of NH full-time as a local coordinator in Rockingham County. Although she loved ministry stateside, Kelly longed to serve overseas. In the fall of 2000 she joined Malachi Children’s Ministry (now Military Children’s Ministry, a joint venture between CEF and Cadence International) and ministered in Germany full-time. While reflecting on this time Kelly testifies, “It was an amazing privilege to minister to the children and families of our military through Good News Clubs, 5-Day Clubs, Sunday school, conferences and retreats!” In the spring of 2005 she returned to NH to serve once again in Rockingham County as the local coordinator. In 2016, Kelly and her husband Andy moved to Charlestown. Andy currently teaches Bible and math at the local Christian school, and Kelly is currently serving as a Local Director in southwestern NH, continuing and beginning new ministry in the Connecticut River Valley area. Ministry entails recruiting, coordinating and training volunteers to serve in Good News Clubs, helping to coordinate the 5-Day Club ministry, recruiting and equipping teenagers to serve as Summer Missionaries each summer teaching 5-Day Clubs, and teaching children in weekly Good News Clubs, Christian school chapels and other ministry outreaches.
Jessica was brought up in a Christian home and raised in Southern NH. Since her young teen years she has had a heart for missions. She went through CYIA in the mid 90’s and helped with 5-Day Clubs during many summers as well as running a few Good News Clubs during the school years. She went on to work with “Youth With A Mission” in Pittsburgh, PA. She has traveled to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Italy & Peru sharing the Good News of Jesus. In 2006 she and a team of 5 others moved to Boston, MA to start a “Youth With A Mission” base there. Since then she met and married her husband Aaron. They have been blessed with 2 wonderful children. Jessica now serves with CEF of NH in both HR helping to oversee many tasks such as coordinating the Child Protection screening process and in Donor Development helping with finances and to meet the needs of our donors.
My name is Roxanne Lightfoot, and I am the Office Manager for CEF of New Hampshire. I have been married to David Lightfoot for 15yrs and what a fantastic adventure it has been. We recently moved to Dover, NH, and quickly realized that it is by far one of our favorite places to live.
I attended a small Baptist church and one night at a revival, at the age of 15 the Lord called me into Jewish ministries. After high school, I attended Bob Jones University but actually graduated from The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry - Institute of Jewish Studies located on the Philadelphia Biblical University (now Carin Univ) campus in Langhorne, PA. Subsequently, I also went on to graduate with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Old Testament & Jewish Studies. I was blessed to have spent the next 10years working as an academic assistant for the Institute of Jewish Studies and traveled to Israel many times as well as Turkey, Greece & Rome with the program.
I am so glad to be part of the CEF-NH team and I’m looking forward to God moving in powerful ways in our lives and in the lives of all the children our team encounters. May we continue to keep on keeping on for the furtherance of the Gospel.
We Get To,
Isaiah 41:13 | For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.