Debra Gephardt (Deb)
Working with CEF since 2002, Deb came to West Virginia in 2006. Deb serves as the Local Director. Her favorite part of her position is being able to train youth and adults to be more effective teachers of children. Sharing the Good News of the Gospel in appropriate ways allows children easy access to the truth.
Deb prepared for the position with a BA in Christian Ministries from Grove City College, previous work as a Christian Education Director, overseas missionary with Mercy Ships (mercyships.org), and the Childrens Ministry Institute at CEF Headquarters in Missouri. The Lord uses all of life's experiences to aid in serving well where He has placed you.
A favorite pasttime is reading mysteries and magazines. Her magazines allow her to pretend she owns horses (Fresians), dogs (Giant Schnauzers), and travels to far-away places (with National Geographic)!
Having volunteered with Child Evangelism Fellowship over the past fifteen years, Carla came on part time staff beginning with summer ministry 2018. Carla is a trained CEF Instructor of Teachers and children's teacher. Mom of Angel, who has also volunteered extensively with CEF in the past, Carla is a great addition to our team.
Carla is a gifted musician who leads the choir/worship team at her church and teaches children to play piano. She shares this marvelous gift with us often as well! At the right she is pictured with a group of children and tweens who have attended Good News Clubs and helped in 5-Day Clubs in the summer.
After working with CEF teaching 5-day clubs when Jasmin was a teenager, she was hooked. She loved spending her summers teaching children the Good News of Jesus and leading children to Christ through 5-day clubs.
After spending six summers teaching 5-day clubs, God called to go further with CEF and Jasmin attended Children's Ministries Institute (CMI) in Fall of 2018. After completing CMI, she worked toward becoming a full time missionary with the Kanawha Chapter. She officially started full time in August 2019. We praise God for her!
God is continuing to use Jasmin in this ministry by touching the lives of the children in the Kanawha Chapter. She is looking forward to growing as a teacher and helping in many more After School Good News Clubs and 5 Day Clubs. God is strengthening her through this ministry. She is excited about the future.
She enjoys being outdoors in God's creation hiking, fishing, and hunting. She, also, loves painting. Most of all, she enjoys being with friends and family.
Beth's first encounter with CEF was as a participant. As a child, her family hosted a 5 Day Club in their home. Wow! God works in mysterious ways! In recent years she has been volunteering as a grade shepherd to Kindergarten and First graders. In the summer of 2019, the Kanawha Chapter was blessed to have her join the team as office administrator.
Beth attended Appalachian Bible College (ABC) where she studied Elementary Education and piano. She continues to use her gifts while teaching children’s choirs and helping the church she attends. She, also, serves alongside her husband, Tim. They both have been on staff at ABC, served as youth leaders, and currently serve with Capitol Commission. She says, “Serving the Lord is the greatest joy and blessing of my life!”
Beth loves spending time with family, camping, playing games, and, of course, playing piano.
Jerome Coleman, Jr.
Jerome started volunteering with CEF in 2008 while a youth pastor. He was able to be a grade shepherd and Bible teacher at several Good News Clubs. While volunteering, he took the Teaching Children Effectively 1 and 2 and the Instructor of Teachers 1 courses. After moving back to WV from pastoring in VA for 5 years, he jumped right back in with the Kanahwa Chapter in 2018. In February 2020, Jerome came on full-time as Ministry Specialist and Teacher Trainer.
In addition to the training through CEF, Jerome prepared for the ministry through the Appalachian Network of the Assemblies of God and their School of Ministry. In 2012, he received his ordination. A love for the business and administrative side of ministry lead him to graduate online in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southeastern University located in Lakeland, Florida. He continues to learn so he can serve well.
Jerome, his wife, Amanda, and four children love traveling, being outdoors, and playing board games. He also loves reading a bunch and listening to music. There is a rumor that his birth stone is the coffee bean.