Jay Runyon - State Coordinator
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.
Bethany Miller is the Director of Training and Operations for Child Evangelism Fellowship® of New Hampshire (CEF). Raised in a strong Christian family, she was taught from an early age that a follower of Christ should be committed to serving Him in some way and she observed this in practice in the lives of her parents and other relatives. This teaching led her into ministry with children as a teen – first in her home church and eventually with CEF. She began serving with CEF at the age of fifteen as a Summer Missionary teaching 5-Day Clubs® throughout the state of NH. During that summer of ministry, she learned that only 20% of today’s children attend any type of church and only 40% of those who do attend, go to a Gospel preaching church. God used this knowledge to burden her heart for the salvation of children, and it was at this time that she felt called to full-time service with CEF and dedicated her life to the Lord. Throughout the eight years that Bethany served as a Summer Missionary God continued to increase her burden for children and to clarify His calling for her life. Upon graduating from Columbia Bible College, Bethany joined CEF full time in 1994 as an Area Director and was later changed to the position of Curriculum and Training Coordinator.
As the Director of Training, Bethany is responsible for coordinating all the training events for CEF volunteers and other children’s workers throughout the state and to prepare all needed notes and supplies for these events. She is also actively involved as part of the teaching team at many of these training. The goal of each training, whether it be an hour, a day or a week long event, is to equip and encourage all who attend.
As the Director of Operations, Bethany oversees all the ordering of supplies, distribution of literature and other daily office tasks that keeps the organization running and organized.
Beyond these two primary responsibilities, Bethany also helps to organize the summer 5-Day Club ministry, helps to mentor the Summer Interns, teaches children in many different settings and shares her passion for the ministry by speaking to adults in local churches.
Bethany tries to complete each of these tasks as a gift to the Lord in answer to her life verse - Psalm 116:12 “What shall I give to the Lord for all of His benefits towards me?”.
The Becks – Jens and Sheila and their daughters Jane and Ellen – have served year round at Camp Good News® in Charlestown, NH, since 2002. Jens has held the positions of Program Director and Camp Director, while Sheila is the Volunteer Coordinator.
Jens and Sheila became acquainted with the ministry of Camp Good News as they would bring their youth group to do service projects in the spring and fall. In the spring of 1997, Jens was asked to help build a challenge course at camp. He agreed and spent many weekends that spring building the course, a zip line, and climbing wall. Upon its completion, Jens was also asked to train the staff. He agreed and many weeks that summer were spent making sure the facilitating staff was following his training.
During this time, the Lord was calling Jens and Sheila to full-time ministry. Because of their past experiences, camping and children’s ministry seemed to be a natural place to serve the Lord. In the winter of 1997/1998, the Becks were asked to come to Camp Good News to serve year-round as Program Directors. After speaking with the CEF State Board, it was agreed to use the summer of 1998 as a test season for both CEF and the Becks. After that summer, both Jens and Sheila felt that God was calling them into full-time ministry with CEF at Camp Good News. While raising their support, they served at Camp Good News during the summers and lived in Littleton, NH, where Jens worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional during the school year. In April of 2002, they finally raise enough support to join the camp staff year-round. During that spring and summer, they lived in a trailer on camp’s property. That fall the Lord provided a house to rent only one mile up the road from camp.
In the fall of 2008, Jens completed his requirement of Children’s Ministry Institute at CEF International Headquarters in Warrenton, Missouri and had served faithfully at camp for many years.
In the fall of 2016, Jens moved from being the full-time Camp Director to being the Director of the North Country Ministries of CEF of NH. In this area of the state, he will be promoting the ministry, overseeing Good News Clubs, training volunteer teachers, recruiting Summer Missionaries and Summer Interns for the 5-Day Club ministry and supporting local churches in their children’s ministries.
The Beck family teaches a Good News Club during the fall and winter in their local elementary school and are also involved in their local church ministry.
Over the years, the Becks have seen many changes. Each season has brought changes in camp staff, volunteers, and facility. Through all the changes, they have seen God’s sovereign hand at work in shaping the Camp Good News ministry and the lives it touches, and they continue to look forward to what God has in store for the next season and their new ministry in the North Country.
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.
Rachael grew up in NH and is now desperately passionate about reaching the children in her home state with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has completed one year of Bible college at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, and has worked in two different Christian preschool programs in NH before coming to work with CEF full time. Currently she is the Area Coordinator for the Lakes and Capital Region of NH with a focus on the CYIA program for the state. She started working with CEF at the age of 14 by being involved in the Christian Youth in Action program, and is now so excited to invest into a ministry that encouraged her so greatly in her spiritual walk through her teen and young adult years.
She and her husband, Michael Officer, were married October 1, 2016. They enjoy hiking and are continuing to work towards completing the NH 48 4k mountains. They also enjoy camping, traveling, photography, and really anything that involves adventure, good food, or preferably both.
Jessica Spooner – HR & Donor Development
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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.