Brent and Karla were both born in NH. They have been married 31 years and have four children and 5 grandchildren. Brent was saved while stationed at Ft. Bragg NC in 1987. Karla came to Christ shortly thereafter. Upon returning from Bible College in 1997 Brent began an itinerant Pulpit supply ministry in NH serving Churches in Springfield, Newport, Sutton, Washington, and Stoddard. Brent and Karla also had a ministry in the Local Nursing home, worked in Sunday school and Olympian clubs and began volunteering at Camp Good News in Charlestown NH. Brent and Karla have also ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ in NH, Florida, and Missouri as well as Haiti, Costa Rica, Brazil, Lebanon, and Syria.
In 2001 Brent gave up his full-time business to pastor at the Jaffrey Bible Church in Jaffrey NH. While there he and Karla continued to work in children and youth ministries: AWANA, Youth Group, and Junior Church. In 2010 Brent discerned that God wanted him to focus on children's ministry and in May 2011 joined the staff at Camp Good News as the Executive Director. While there, Brent and Karla began to learn the “ways” of the CEF family, worked in the Charlestown Good News Club and pioneered the “Missionary in Training” program. In June 2014 the State Board asked Brent if he would consider becoming the next state director and in August of that summer, Brent and Karla attended The Children’s Ministries Institute in Warrenton MO. Upon graduation, they returned to the office in Concord NH to live and work with Peter Weeman and the state staff. On September 1st 2015 Peter Weeman retired and Brent was presented to the International Board as the next candidate for the position of State Director of CEF-NH. The International Board voted May 28th 2016 to accept Brent as the State Director for CEF of NH.
Please pray for Brent and Karla as they cast vision and provide leadership for the ministry of CEF of NH. It is Brent’s desire to work in and through the local churches to reach children in all 234 NH communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. To do this will require much grace, cooperation among staff, volunteers and churches as well as wisdom, discernment, and stewardship of resources. You can reach Brent at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at the state office.
Bethany Miller is the Director of Training and the Office Manager 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 also 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.
Bethany is also in charge of the curriculum for all of the CEF of NH ministries. She spends much of her time planning and preparing all that the volunteer teachers will need to teach in a club or at camp. This includes editing the curriculum from CEF Headquarters to ensure it will be effective in NH, organizing the class schedules and creating visuals and games supplies.
Beyond these two primary responsibilities, Bethany also serves as the office manager at the state office. She also 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 Psalm 116:12 “What shall I give to the Lord for all of His benefits towards me?”.
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 incredible 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. Ministry has entailed recruiting, coordinating and training volunteers to serve in Good News Clubs, coordinating 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.
In 2011, Kelly married Andy Halbach. Andy grew up in Andover and Methuen, MA and came to know the Lord as a child. Andy is also a graduate of Calvary Christian School. Andy has been a high school math teacher and an active CEF volunteer serving in the Good News Club ministry since 2005 and at Camp Good News running the Wilderness Program for teens since 2013. Together they desire to serve the Lord wherever He sends them. Andy is in the process of beginning a new ministry venture with CEF of NH and Camp Good News—A Missionary In Training program to equip young adults who are interested in learning hands-on skills (electrical, plumbing, carpentry, children’s ministry…) so that they will be more effective on the mission field whether at home or abroad. This program will be based in Charlestown, NH and is slated to begin in 2016. With this upcoming move, Kelly will continue to serve on CEF of NH staff as a Local Coordinator and will temporarily divide time between ministry in southeastern NH and beginning new ministry in the Connecticut River Valley area.
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.