Greater Pee Dee

Serving Horry, Georgetown, and Marion Counties

Local Leadership

Dustin Ventura, Director

Dustin received Christ as his Savior at the age of seven. He began serving with CEF as a Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) summer missionary in 2001 and has led the ministry since 2011. Prior to his current role with CEF, Dustin earned an undergraduate degree and a MAT from Columbia International University. He taught second grade at a public elementary school in Columbia, SC while also conducting the CYIA summer ministry in Myrtle Beach. Dustin grew up in Socastee and now lives just a few miles down the road in the Burgess community with his wife Leslie and four children. They have a heart and passion for Christ and a desire to point others to Jesus. 

Ledena Todd, Office Administrator
Ledena received Christ as her Savior at the age of seven. She began serving with CEF in 2015 as a volunteer with Waccamaw Elementary School as grade shepherd and then as the administrator. Prior to her current role, she worked for Langston Baptist Church as the office administrator. She has a passion for children and saints in the church, and felt what better way to connect the two than in CEF. Ledena is a native of the area, having been born in Conway, and lives in the Conway community. Ledena has two daughters, Courtney and Brooke. She has a passion for leading children to Christ.

Olivia Newkirk, Ministry Assistant (full time)
Olivia has known since being a teenager that she wanted to serve Christ with her life. She served in full time ministry in several capacities over the years and is excited for this new opportunity. Her hope and prayer is that God will be glorified through the work she does with CEF. Olivia lives in Conway with her husband, Enoch, and their Australian shepherd, Goose.

Susie Shoman,  GNC Coordinator (Interim)
​Susie Shoman holds a Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master's of Music in voice performance from the University of Missouri, and a Master's of Religious Education from Liberty University.  Ms. Shoman has a passion for teaching children about Jesus and his love.  Her God-given talents for music, writing and performance are springboards for working with children.  Excited about spreading the Good News of Jesus, her professional experience includes working with church choirs, Tricycle Productions, Coastal Carolina, Piccillo Spoleto, Celebration Music Theatre, the Atlanta Opera Company, Swamp Fox Players, the Food Network, and at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter.  Ms. Shoman enjoys teaching children, writing music, stories, plays and lessons for children. She seeks projects which allow her to serve individuals and communities for Christ. In her down time, she can also be found hanging out with her 4-legged children and her friends.

​​Ken Scheiderer, Ministry Assistant (part time)

Ken's involvement with CEF started when his pastor presented the church with a challenge to "Go into the community and reach people where they are." This led to him assuming the role of administrator of a Good News Club in the fall of 2012. God used that role to ignite a passion in Ken's heart for children's ministry. He began volunteering with the local office in the spring of 2015, and moved into his current position as ministry assistant in early 2016. He is originally from Goshen, Ohio, (a small town near Cincinnati) but moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 1982 with his parents. Ken is married to Stephanie and between them, they have 4 children, Taylor, Matt, Amy, and Ethan, and the cutest dog ever, Daisy. Prior to becoming involved with CEF, Ken was employed for 13 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Horry and Georgetown Counties. He also served 2 years as pastor of a local church. His God given desire is twofold: present the life changing  love of Jesus to the children in our area and help equip others to do the same. 


Gina (Jenna) North, Office Assistant (part time bookkeeper)

Mr. Kent Ballard

From Grand Strand Baptist Church

Serving Since 2022

Mr. Michael Jamison
Serving Since 2010

Mr. Eric Keys

Serving Since 2022

Mr. Cole Smith
From St. Paul's Anglican Church, Conway

Serving Since 2014

Mr. O'Neal Miller, Committee Chairman

From Langston Baptist Church, Conway
Serving Since 2004

Mr. Kevin Lambert, Committee Vice-Chairman

From Riverside Grace Fellowship, Conway

Serving Since 2021

Mr. Carlos Cepeda, Committee Treasurer

From Grand Strand Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach
Serving Since 2017

Mr. Chance Ledford, Committee Secretary

​From Palmetto Shores Church

Serving Since 2021

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