STATE HEADQUARTERS STAFF
Dr. Martha Wright, Executive Director
Dr. Martha Wright is passionate about being an advocate for the 80% of children who will never be reached by the local church. At age seven she was led to the Lord by a neighbor who was a volunteer with CEF. Mrs. Holbrook got her involved in a Good News Club in her neighborhood where she was discipled by two volunteers who came faithfully every week to teach these unchurched children about Jesus and God’s Word. Martha dedicated her life to the Lord at age 11 around a campfire at Camp Good News and God called her to missionary service at age 16. As a Bible college student, she served for two summers as a summer missionary with CEF in Florida. After graduation from Simpson College, she attended the CEF Leadership Institute where the Lord confirmed His call to serve full-time with CEF.
Today Dr. Wright has been in the ministry of CEF for more than 47 years, serving for 16 years in Latin America and for 21 years as vice president of education worldwide. In addition, for almost five years she was vice president of CEF Press, the organization’s publishing house. Martha provided leadership for the launching and development of CEF’s premier training program, Teaching Children Effectively, in the USA and in over 160 countries around the world. She also led the restructuring and upgrading of CEF’s Children’s Ministries Institute which is now recognized by several colleges for academic credit. Through CEF’s unified training program worldwide over 1.5 million people have received training in the past five years. Dr. Wright holds an earned Doctorate in Children and Youth from NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature from Simpson University in Redding, CA. Since August of 2010 Dr. Wright has been the Executive Director and CEO for CEF of Maryland, Inc.
Oddet was born and raised in Baltimore, the youngest of four children. Occasionally her mother would send her to church, but she didn’t receive Jesus as Savior until she was 33 years old.
In 1991 God called Oddet into full-time ministry with CEF. She graduated from CEF’s Children’s Ministries Institute® and ministered with CEF of Baltimore for 2 ½ years teaching Good News Clubs, 5-Day Clubs and assisting with teacher training.
Through a series of events, Oddet left CEF and moved to Pennsylvania to minister to and disciple teenage girls through an organization called Teen Haven. During her 14 years in Pennsylvania, she became a certified Biblical counselor through the Christian Research and Development School and was involved in the Christian counseling ministry of her local church, Christian Stronghold Baptist Church, Pastor Willie Richardson.
In 2011 Oddet returned to Baltimore and reconnected with CEF, which she says is her “first love”. After raising her missionary support, Oddet has coordinated the summer missions program for CEF of Greater Baltimore, helped to establish Good News Clubs and participated in teacher training.
Oddet is a graduate of Baltimore School of the Bible and has also completed various courses from Philadelphia Biblical University.
Oddet’s favorite verse is Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Anne Arundel/Prince George’s Counties Chapter
Pat Lackey, Director
Pat was born in Pensacola, Florida, where she trusted Christ as Savior in a 5-Day Club at age nine. She graduated from the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1970. She was discipled by the Navigators while in college, and involved in their intense training programs for many years. In the Summer of 1980, Pat served as a summer missionary with CEF of AA/PG Counties. In the Fall of 1980, she attended & graduated from the CEF Leadership Training Institute in Warrenton, MO (now the Children’s Ministries Institute). Pat began full time ministry with CEF in 1981, and became the local Director of Anne Arundel & Prince George’s counties in January 1984. She has served with Child Evangelism Fellowship of AA/PG Counties for 36 years, reaching children with the Gospel through 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs, and training many teens & adults to minister to children as well.
Carroll County Chapter
Greater Baltimore Chapter
H. Marie Dunsen-Dawson, Director
H. Marie Dunsen-Dawson grew up in a family who loved God and spoke of Jesus’ love for her, and her four brothers and four sisters. Marie looked forward to praise and worship each Friday night at her maternal grandfather’s prayer meetings. Her father’s parents, the Dunsen family, helped to build and establish her home church, Chestnut Grove A.M.E., in Street, Maryland. This is where she was evangelized, discipled, and accepted Christ as her personal Savior as a young woman.
Marie received certification in early childhood education at BCCC. She went on to earn her B.A. in Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management from Strayer University. While working as a substitute in elementary education, Marie realized children need more than academic education. Parents and guardians need help to uplift and grow their family’s relationship.
Marie married Gregory Dawson in December 1993. Marie and Gregory championed entrepreneurship with a tour, travel, and special event company, J.O.B. Marketing and Travel (Jesus our Beloved). The business attracted tourists to Maryland for weekend excursions from the northeastern regions for lodging, cruising, tours, and special events. They closed the business after thirteen years of successfully meeting the needs of customers in order to partake in God’s new season for their lives. Currently, Marie’s family has grown with two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.
In the spring of 2011 God opened the door for Marie to use her skills as the part-time Director of Development for CEF of Maryland. In July, 2015 she was unanimously approved by the CEF state board for the position of Director for the Greater Baltimore Chapter. Marie is currently a member at New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown, where she has completed discipleship training. Her early childhood education experience, business acumen, work with non-profit organizations, and God’s call on her life have all contributed to Marie’s success at CEF. Marie began her role as the Director for CEF of Greater Baltimore full time in January, 2016.
Northwest Maryland Chapter
southern maryland chapter
Bernard Lake, Ministry Coordinator for Southern Maryland
Bernard Lake was born, partly raised, and began his education in Anguilla and St. Kitts, West Indies, islands in the Eastern Caribbean. He worked as a radio announcer, cashier, land surveyor engineer, teacher, and others. He traveled to St. Kitts, where he was a Christian radio announcer and later a high school math teacher.
He obtained a bachelor degree in Marketing and Industrial Relations, Human Resources from the University of Iowa. He worked in business as a mid-level manager for many years. He decided to return to teaching in a high school as he did in the Caribbean. In St. Kitts he taught for several years at Cayon High School, in Anguilla at the Island Harbor Christian Academy. Later he worked as Assistant Principal at Caribbean Community School, St. Croix, USVI. At Mt. Mercy College he received my endorsement in teacher education with emphasis in business and marketing in the state of Iowa. He received a Master’s in Business Administration Degree from Nova University. He obtained education specialist degree and pursued a doctorate (ABD) in education leadership at Walden University.
Has been pastor and teacher at Christian Fellowship Church, St. Martin and later Assistant Pastor, Shekinah Glory Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Bernard began his ministry as the Ministry Coordinator for Southern Maryland on October 1, 2019.