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Cherie Gilbert, Local Director

Cherie Gilbert, Local Director

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Ever since I can remember, I have had a love for children. I began serving in Children’s Ministries back in 1988 within my local church. At the time, I didn't realize that God was preparing me for a future with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) as I began teaching with CEF curriculum and learning the importance of the Gospel and sharing with children. I served within various aspects of children’s ministries over the next several years and grew in my relationship with the Lord.

In 2007, I became the Children's Ministries Director for my church which was a very different role for me, as I had always been in the classroom serving children and now I was outside of the classroom leading adults. As I continued to serve over the next 9 years as the director of CM, I became even more passionate about the importance of sharing the Gospel with children and desired to learn how to equip my volunteers to do this as well. Come to find out, CEF not only produces curriculum, they also offer classes to train and equip people in ministry to children! I soon began taking classes and grew in my ability to share the Gospel and to teach others to do the same.

Then in May, 2016 I was offered a position with CEF as a local director overseeing ministry in Washington County. It wasn't an easy decision to make, as I loved my role within the church, but it was very clear that the Lord was the one directing me down this path. I now get to see what ministry looks like outside of the church; by helping others step outside the church walls and reach their community for Christ!