Meet the faces of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Eastern PA.
State Headquarters Staff
The State Headquarters staff of CEF of Eastern PA, Inc. oversees 19 chapters in 24 counties of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Pastor Doug Williams
Over thirty years ago, when Doug attended Summer Missionary Training School in 1985, a seed was planted that would grow into a passion for God’s Word and a desire to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. This led to a vocational call of serving Jesus Christ for over twenty years in various ministry positions. He has worked with children in CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, INC., college students with Campus Crusade for Christ, and all ages while pastoring in several churches throughout the years.
From that summer to this day, he kept the ministry of CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, INC. close to his heart and life. In years past, he partnered with CEF to redevelop the children’s ministries when he pastored two churches. But the greatest impact has been in his own family when his daughter, Brooke, attended Good News Club and accepted Jesus Christ as a child.
Doug accepted the role as Executive Director of CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, INC. to continue the mission of answering that question for every child who would ask. He and his wife, Naomi, along with their daughter, currently live in State College, PA.
Director of Finance
Although making a childhood profession of faith, Greg believes he was truly saved at age 19. Following this life-transforming decision, he followed God’s leading to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where he studied Business Administration and met his wife, Julie.
After sixteen successful years managing hotels and retail stores, Greg felt called to change direction. God was calling Greg into full-time Christian Education. He completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College and spent the next sixteen years as a private Christian School Administrator in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee. Together with his wife Julie, they have four grown children, two delightful grandchildren, and have embraced the privilege of raising an additional eight children through a private boarding school in the area.
“Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work.” -C.S. Lewis.
Assistant to the Executive Director | Training Coordinator
Lisa Doyle taught at the Warrior Run Middle School’s Released Time Program for two years and served in the office at CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, INC. as a ministry assistant. She has over fifteen years of experience training and equipping volunteers.
Lisa is excited to serve as Assistant to the Executive Director and use her ministry experience to help expand the scope of the ministry’s outreach. She joined State Headquarters staff in January of 2022.
Media Outreach Coordinator
Miriam Higley has always felt called to work with children. In 2019, she began serving on staff with CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF WYOMING- SULLIVAN COUNTIES, INC as the Ministry Coordinator.
Miriam graduated from Clarks Summit University in 2020 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry and Bible. She is currently completing her Master’s of Biblical Counseling from Liberty University Online.
In 2021, Miriam married her husband and began traveling with him for his job. She now works remotely with CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, INC. producing curriculum, managing social media, and supporting the local staff.
Justin Day accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a child and felt the call to ministry from a young age. He followed that calling to Liberty University, where he graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. Upon graduating, he joined the staff of his home church where he served for more than fourteen years.
Justin and his family have been connected to CEF in various capacities over the years, and he has seen the impact of the Gospel on children and their families as a result. He looks forward to playing a role in what the Lord is doing through CEF in the days to come. Justin joined the State Headquarters staff in February 2023.
Sofia Calidonio is 23 years old and is from the country of Honduras. She has a heart for children and is delighted to be able to share the Gospel with them. She also has the heart to reach the children in the Hispanic community.
Sofia is eager to see where God is leading the ministry and can’t wait to reach more children with the Gospel. She joined the State Headquarters staff in February 2023.