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From the age of six, when Betsy gave her life to the Lord, she was already a missionary. At school she would sit her friends down and tell them about Jesus. Her whole family was involved in CEF ministry including her father who served as the President of the international organization. Betsy went to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she met her husband Tom. God called them to move to New York City in 1987 to be missionaries with CEF. Their ministry focused on the welfare hotels in Manhattan until they were closed a few years later. What looked like a door slamming shut was actually a way to spread God’s Word through more of the city. Tom and Betsy used clubs, sports, drop-in centers, etc. to make opportunities to share the Gospel. Their ministry grew as did their family. They soon had four children: Josiah, Micah, Hannah and Libby. In May of 1995, Tom was diagnosed with Lymphoma and died five months later. Betsy continued with CEF of NYC as the Staten Island Ministry Coordinator and in 2009 became the Metro Director.


Marsha joined the team in 2012. During Christmas time last year, the Lord put a special burden on Marsha's heart. She prayed that during 2012 God would help her to share the Gospel with seventeen children. As the new year began, Marsha was looking for a part-time job. Due to a couple of medical procedures, doctors said that Marsha would be unable to work until February 13th. In January she found out that we were looking for an office manager here at CEF, so she applied for the job. After the interview, Marsha was offered the job and, without knowing the significance, Betsy asked if she could wait a few weeks and begin on Monday, February 13th. This was all the evidence she needed to see that God was leading her to work with us. In 2012 Marsha helped us reach hundreds of children with the gospel. God is able to do above all that we can ask or imagine.


Karen Bonamo

Bookkeeper

A Staten Island native, Karen was led to the Lord at age six. She received Christ as a result of her involvement in a CEF ministry as a child. Karen graduated from Wagner College with a degree in education, and has been involved in children’s ministry in many ways through her church on Staten Island. She joined our team in 2009. Looking for part-time work that could be done from home, and also hoping to work for a ministry, Karen found that her friend Betsy Maddox was looking for a bookkeeper. She is a valuable asset to the work that CEF does. Her favorite verse comes from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”


Jong Dae Choi

Korean Ministry Coordinator - jongdae@cefnyc.com

Rev. Jong Dae Choi was born in Gwangju, South Korea. Growing up in a CEF family, he was involved in Good News Club, 5-Day Clubs, Camp and other ministries from his earliest years. Though he studied Chemical Engineering, God called him to full time ministry. At Wheaton College Jong Dae got his Masters of Divinity, and a Masters in Christian Formation and Ministry. He served as a GNC club teacher and camp counselor for 16 years, and after he was ordained he became a local director in Gwangju. While actively working in children’s ministry, God gave Jong Dae a heavy burden for Korean-American second-generation kids. He struggled with this for several nights. Finally, following God’s vision, he moved to Chicago with his family, Mihyoung Kim(wife), Jihun(son), and Jiyou(daughter) in 2007. Together they reached out to children there, especially to Korean-American families. Not only did Jong Dae work for children, but he also worked along-side children. The children taught each other, and cried out in prayer together for their families, friends, churches and for the whole world. God listened to the children’s prayers and used them. After 6 years of ministry in Chicago, God led this family to New York City in 2013. Jong Dae is our newest CEF staff member here. Please pray for him and his family as they settle down and for a fruitful ministry.


Christopher Kotecha was born in Suffern, NY, and was raised in the small hamlet of Valley Cottage, where he has settled with his wife, Sarah.

Chris grew up going to church most Sundays, yet did not experience a deep, personal relationship with the Creator until after graduating from the University of Albany at the age of 22. He achieved a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, and met his sweetheart, Sarah in the process.

For many years God has placed a burden for children on Chris’ heart. With 10 years of experience working in outreach children's ministry under his belt, he joined the CEF family in 2012. It was providence that in 2008 he met NYC Metro Director, Betsy Maddox, at Camp Good News in Maine. Being the newest member of the CEF staff, we are excited to see what God will do in and through him.

Amos 8:11 says "Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "when I will send a famine on the land- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD." Children in public schools across America are being taught a curriculum in which God has been stripped out of history, science, mathematics, literature and the arts. Chris is excited to be able to take the gospel into the schools of Rockland County, helping churches start Good News Clubs and sharing Christ with children.


Born into a CEF family, Josiah was involved in Good News Clubs, 5-Day Clubs and other ministries from his earliest years. He served as a Summer Missionary here in NYC for six summers during his high school and college years. Josiah attended Liberty University, majoring in Biblical Studies with a minor in Intercultural Studies. God called Josiah to full time ministry during his sophomore year in high school. It was during his freshman year at Liberty University that God specifically placed a burden in his heart for his hometown of New York City. As graduation approached, Josiah prayed and looked for ministry opportunities. Being from a family where his grandfather was once the president of CEF worldwide and both parents were CEF missionaries, he originally thought God had something other than “the family business” in mind for him. As is often the case, God showed that His ways are higher than ours, and He used several people and events to guide Josiah to become the Brooklyn Ministry Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater New York City. He took on that roll in May of 2009. In July of 2010 he married Josie, who shares his love for God and passion for children. God opened the door for her to teach 4th grade at a private school in Brooklyn for four years and now she stays home with their two children, Thomas and Kasey. Together they work to impact the next generation for Christ!


The two sisters, Elisa and Helen Teo, hail from the Philippines. For many years they have been serving with CEF of Greater New York City among Chinese children, sharing with them the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. They also train other Christians to do what they do and challenge Chinese churches to be diligent in leading children into God’s kingdom. They have faithfully served with CEF of New York City since1989. Together they teach Good News Clubs and 5-Day Clubs throughout the city but specifically focus in areas like Flushing, Queens and “China Town” in Manhattan. They work diligently to partner with Chinese churches, equipping and inspiring them to reach kids in their community for Christ. Elisa and Helen are passionate about ministry partnerships, seeing churches and organizations worldwide work together to advance the kingdom of God.


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