80th Anniversary International Conference

Letter from Reese

Let’s rejoice in what the Lord has done in and through CEF these past 80 years of ministry! I look forward to seeing our CEF family from around the world come together for our 80th Anniversary International Conference to celebrate God’s goodness, power and faithfulness. Please join us for a time of spiritual refreshment and encouragement as we hear from Bible speakers, our regional directors and more. The Lord is doing a great work in bringing children from every nation into His Kingdom and we invite you to come rejoice with us. I hope to see you at the 2017 International Conference!

Yours for all the children,

Reese Kauffman

Theme Verse

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 97: 1,12 ESV

Dates & Location

May 8, 2017 – May 13, 2017

Ridgecrest Conference Center, Asheville, NC

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Looking forward to seeing you there.

Learn more about the conference


Conference will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017 with registration at 2 PM and the evening meal at 5:30 PM. The evening session on Friday, May 12, 2017 is the final session. Saturday, May 13, morning breakfast is the final conference meal and will be served at 7:00 AM.


Speakers and Musicians

  • Reese Kauffman, President, Child Evangelism Fellowship
  • Moises Esteves, Vice President, International Ministries
  • Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor of College Park Church
  • Ken Ham, President, CEO, and founder of Answers in Genesis-US
  • John Bechtel, board chairman with Christian Missionary Alliance
  • Reverend Caleb, Missionary to Indonesia
  • Richard Acquaye, Regional Director
  • Vassilios Constantinidis, Former Regional Director of Latin America and Middle East
  • This Hope, Worship Band
  • Damaris, Worship leader


Ridgecrest, Our Conference Center

Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center, “cradled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina,” has been hosting CEF conferences for over 25 years. Ridgecrest offers beautiful meeting spaces, excellent accommodations, delicious and plentiful food, enjoyable recreation and a heart for our Savior.



The conference schedule has been carefully designed to include times of spiritual enrichment and encouragement as well as times of recreation and rest. In the mornings and evenings, we will gather as one body to worship the Lord, sit under His Word, and hear about what He has done in and through CEF. In the afternoons there will be workshops to attend, towns and attractions to explore, and the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy. We invite you to join us for a week of refreshment and rejuvenation you won’t soon forget!


CEF Children & Teens

Our families are important to us, and we are pleased to offer FREE childcare for infants through grade six (ages 0-11)! Child care is offered during morning (8:45 AM – 11:45 AM) and evening general sessions (7:30 PM – 9 PM) only. We need to plan for an appropriate number of staff to care for your children, so please help us by registering before April 15, 2017.



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