Extending Gospel Partnerships Worldwide through Identifying, Training and Mentoring Leaders
Christian Educators Outreach (CEO) is a network of leaders, teachers, and ministry workers in eight countries over three continents. CEO aims to extend Gospel partnerships worldwide through identifying, training and mentoring leaders.
Our Name and Story
CEO was founded and named by two teachers and two parents who formed a non-profit organization in order to send a teacher to serve in Hungary. These folks were all connected to an American college preparatory school and were followers of Jesus. This soon included leading students to serve on summer trips. Christians involved in education, and interested in reaching out to others with the gospel. Thus, Christian educators engaged in outreach!
Since its founding in 2000, the organization, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, was administered by volunteers and donated labor, which has enabled CEO to channel the majority (greater than 90%) of donated funds directly to partners who serve primarily in the developing world. As a Christian organization which seeks to bring aid and education, it is important that we state our core beliefs: We take our philosophy from Jesus, who said that we should Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and then that we should love our neighbor as our self. We believe the world is our neighbor.
In 2009 CEO took a step of faith. The board announced that Tom Foley would become a full-time employee of CEO, allowing him to pastor and serve the partners in the field more thoroughly and effectively.
CEO today is poised to open new fields of partnership in order to fulfill our mission to cross cultures in Word and deed through education, development, and missional leadership to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in need.
Christian Educators Outreach is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in the USA for spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the support of partner organizations. CEO is involved in the ministry of the Gospel, providing relief for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including serving the aged, the poor, the widowed, and the orphaned. The organization performs this by collecting and distributing resources to provide logistical and financial support for organizations and independent individual partners who serve in either a short or long term capacity. These partner organizations are involved with the development and maintaining of orphanages and camps for a variety of disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth; the support of churches and church planting; and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
We believe that partnerships are key. There is no hierarchy within CEO. We believe in connecting ministry partners together with one other and supporters from other places to help everyone have a role in the fulfilling of the Great Commission.
Since our founding in 2000, a significant aspect of our work is education. Our partners have been working with educators to improve English instruction from primary school to university, including adult education in the USA, Hungary, Ukraine and Croatia. Our first affiliated teacher worked at Deák Ferenc Bilingual High School in Szeged, Hungary for nine years.
We seek to benefit both school and the American teacher, because we have extensive experience in education (especially in teaching English as a Second Language), we are familiar with life as an expat, we know how to help Americans adjust to life abroad.