At CEM, we passionately desire everyone to have the freedom to connect with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The way we accomplish this is by starting new independent Christian churches founded in the Restoration Movement. We want people to understand God’s great love for them, and consequently find freedom in Christ.  

Why Do We Exist?

The population of Iowa is currently over three million people with only 123 independent Restoration Movement Christian Churches. We need to plant churches in our big cities and suburbs. For example, in the Greater Des Moines area only 1 in 10 people go to any kind of church of a population of about 600,000. We also need to start new churches in the country. One third of our state population (3 million) live in small towns of less than 2,000 people. That is one million people scattered in rural areas. People in Iowa need Jesus.


How Resources Are Used

Since 1957, CEM has a proven track record of starting new independent Christian churches. Our board of directors is completely voluntary so that all monetary gifts given to CEM go toward the church planting process. The executive director, Dave Fremstad, spends much of his time traveling throughout the state seeking church planting opportunities by making new relationships and building existing ones. He is also available to churches for encouragement and leadership training. He also encourages and follows up with our new church planters and invests in recruiting potential planters. Our church planters’ salaries are paid by CEM for at least two years. This period gives the internal structure of the new church time to prepare to take over this responsibility.


To see a list of churches CEM has planted over the years, click here.



Dave Fremstad is the Executive Director of Christian Evangelistic Mission. Residing in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he spends much of his time on the road, visiting and encouraging churches, working with church leaderships and recruiting supporters and church planters for CEM. If you would like to know more about CEM or have any specific questions about this ministry, you can click here to contact Dave directly.


Suzi Steele is the Director of Development of CEM. She has a background in ministry, discipleship, and nonprofit management, with experience in directing operations, marketing, and fundraising development within the faith-based nonprofit sector. She graduated "virtually" in the Spring of 2020 (like so many others!) with a master's degree in organizational leadership and nonprofit management. Please contact Suzi here if you have questions about CEM, how we are funded, or how you can partner with us financially.

Where Do You Fit In?

 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. John 4:34-36


Both sower and reaper get to celebrate together because God uses their hard work to bring in the harvest. If you haven’t yet joined the work God has called CEM to do, please consider becoming a supporter through your prayers and financial gifts.


Visit our Donate page to see all the ways you can support this vital ministry!