Dr. Sherry Brower/ Director of CEF® Manatee/Sarasota

Sherry graduated from the Children’s Ministry Institute in 2013. And has taught Elementary Education for 19 years. She is married to Mark Brower and they have 3 married children as well as 4 precious grandchildren. Sherry earned her Doctorate in Theology in January 2017. Sherry is called to minister to the children of Manatee/Sarasota County, by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Melanie Goodwin

Melanie Goodwin/ Secretary of CEF® Manatee/Sarasota

Melanie Goodwin and her husband Steve Goodwin live in north Sarasota and attend Crosspointe Christian Church.  Melanie enjoys helping others through prayer ministry at Crosspointe, and The Healing Rooms of Manatee County. She also works full-time for Windward Design Group in Sarasota. Steve and Melanie have two adult sons. Melanie enjoys reading on the beach and relaxing with friends and family.

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Joe Vaughn/ Chairman of CEF® Manatee/Sarasota

When I was 11-12 years old, God spoke to me when I had gone to bed, so I prayed and talked to my parents and I knew I was saved. I enjoy reading books by Christian writers and Pray Daily. I was introduced to CEF by the Welty’s, and after they left I was asked to be the Committee Chairman. My goal is for GNC to grow and be in every single school and I work towards it daily.


Dana Knuuti/ Committee Member of CEF® Manatee/Sarasota

The most important decision of my life was made on May 2nd in the year of 1985; the day I gave my heart and my life to Jesus Christ. God sent ARMIES to encourage, minister, and give a demonstration on how they live their lives differently. I love how CEF gives children an opportunity to know Jesus as their savior and what kind of impact they could have on the lives of those around them (especially the adults) even at their young age. I heard of CEF through a friend of mine who not only knows Gods word, but applies it to each and every person around her. She shared with me how she learned and taught it for years through CEF training! The best part about training would most definitely be how Jesus is the message for EVERY single lesson!


Linda Brewer/ treasurer of CEF® Manatee/Sarasota

Linda and her husband moved to Bradenton in 2014. Shortly thereafter, she retired and fulfilled her desire to bring the message of Jesus Christ to others by becoming a volunteer for Good News Clubs in Manatee County. Linda strongly believes that Jesus Christ is the answer for today’s children and considers it to be a privilege to share the gospel with them.


TJ Wilson/ Ministry Coordinator of CEF® Manatee/Sarasota

TJ came to Christ on a summer Monday night at 18. Since then God has directed to TJ to passionately to reach out sharing The Gospel. TJ and Diana married in May 2006 and have three young children. He has attended Liberty’s School of The Bible, served 6 months on the missions field in Jinan, China, served at local Good News Club Chapters  as a volunteer for 3 years, as well as, full time ministry 3 years as a Children’s Pastor, Community Liaison and IT Support at Crosspointe Christian Church in Sarasota, FL (volunteer role at this local body for 6 years previous).