Bob and Barbara Longenecker
Bob was born into a Christian family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He is the youngest of five children, with four older sisters. Bob’s family grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and attended a Mennonite Church. Bob was two years old when his family started attending an independent Bible church. Bob attended this church for many years. Bob had many good influences in his life. Among these were Good News Club, 5-Day Club, Boys Brigade, a fundamental church, and dedicated Christian parents.
Bob was saved in his childhood years; however, he could not recall the decision. Conviction of sin led Bob to make assurance of salvation at the age of seventeen. About that time, Bob dedicated his life to the Lord’s service.
Upon graduating from high school, Bob volunteered his summer to help with a building project at a Kreamer Bible Baptist Church in Snyder County, Pa. That fall Bob stayed on at the church to help them start a Christian school. Bob remained at the Kreamer Bible Baptist Church for five and a half years, serving the Lord in the Kreamer Christian Academy. He also served in the visitation ministry, youth ministry, bus ministry, and as a Sunday school teacher.
Bob went to Hyles-Anderson College in 1979 to study for the ministry. It was there that he met his wife Barbara. She had already graduated from that college and was teaching in a Christian school. In 1982 Bob graduated with a B.S. in Pastoral Theology and a M.Ed. in School Administration.
After graduating from college, Bob and Barbara returned to the same church in Snyder County, and Bob taught in the Kreamer Christian Academy for three more years. During that time their first two children, Clayton and Anne were born.
In the following five years, Bob served in another church as Christian Education Director, a deacon, and an assistant to the pastor. While serving in this church, Bob was employed at a lumber yard.
In May of 1990, Bob became aware of the need for a Child Evangelism Fellowship director in Snyder County. While enquiring about the position, he learned of similar needs in other areas of eastern Pa. The Lord led them to Wayne-Pike Counties. Michael was born four months before their move to Bethany, a small town north of Honesdale, in September 1990.
Bob has served as the director of Wayne-Pike Child Evangelism Fellowship for 23 years, and is known to most as Uncle Bob.
Caleb and Abby Landis
Caleb was born into a Christian family. His Dad served as an assistant pastor at a church in central Pennsylvania, but when Caleb was six, his Dad joined Child Evangelism Fellowship of Chester County. From the very beginning, Caleb’s Dad had a vision for his family to serve the Lord together. Caleb attended CEF clubs with his family as a child. He began teaching children at CEF consistently in his early teenage years.
Caleb’s involvement in CEF expanded at the age of 15 when he began to serve during the summer as a Summer Missionary as well as school year Bible clubs. Caleb served in this capacity for seven years, and continued his involvement in CEF in Chester County until he moved to Honesdale at the beginning of this year.
Caleb graduated with a Bachelor of Science in religion from Liberty University Online, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at LUO. Caleb was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school.
Abby was also born into a Christian home, and served as a summer missionary for four years in Adams County. Abby and Caleb met at Summer Missionary Training School four years ago, and started to fall in love at Training School in 2012. Now, Abby and Caleb share a vision to serve together as a family in Wayne-Pike CEF. Caleb officially joined Wayne-Pike CEF in the beginning of January 2014.