what is klife

KLIFE is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (klubs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, ski trips, and monthly events), KLIFE kids grow in their faith and have lots of fun in the process. They learn that following Christ and discovering His plan for their life is the most exciting adventure of all and that they can count on friendship and support from leaders and peers who care.

KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. KLIFE networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.

The heartbeat of KLIFE lies in the ability to build relationships with kids and bring the content of God’s word to bear on those relationships. Our desire is that kids would choose to participate in one of our small groups led by our staff and volunteer leaders. The purpose of these groups is for kids to gain a greater knowledge of God’s word, build Godly relationships with peers, and have access to a mentoring leader to come alongside them as they navigate those difficult adolescent years. Supporting and surrounding our small group strategy are the more visible components of our ministry: weekly klub meetings, activities, events, and retreats. Weekly meetings consist of songs, games, skits, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.


2016-2017 THEME

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the forest will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.

“‘I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’”

model of ministry

One to Many - In this format our desire is to fill a room with kids who can participate in a safe environment with lots of energy, laughter, and fellowship. A place where the truth is heard and the right to build a relationship begins to be earned. This level features weekly Klubs and events.

One to Few - Our small groups are same-gender peers that gather on a weekly basis with a trained leader to study scripture, encourage spiritual growth, and promote accountability within the group. Other aspects of this level include going to kids sporting events, sleepovers on the weekend, and playing in the dodgeball tournament once a year.

One to One - Our small group leaders are trained to pursue their kids not only outside of small group but also away from the small group in a one-on-one setting. This context often is necessary to delve into the deepest issues students face as well as provide the greatest genuine encouragement. This level truly embodies our theme verse of 1 Thes 2:8 where Paul says we share our life with our disciples.


Meet the staff


Jesse Wright • Chapter Director

Jesse hails from Fort Worth, Texas. He played football at Southwest Oklahoma State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science. He worked at Kids Across America as a Dock Daddy for 5 summers. Jesse graduated from the Kanakuk Institute in April 2014. He loves backpacking, climbing, and camping; basically anything outside, and coaching CrossFit at CrossFit Bartlesville. Jesse loves to sit down with kids and leaders and encourage them in their relationship with Jesus. He is starting his 3rd year with Bartlesville KLIFE!

(817) 681-3072


Sarah humphrey • women's DIRECTOR

A new addition to the Bartlesville KLIFE family, Sarah Jane Humphrey (some call her SJ), is from Columbia, Missouri and graduated from Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2015, go pokes! Sarah also attended and graduated from the Kanakuk Institute this past spring. She is passionate about Jesus and people. She loves hanging out with friends, new adventures, running, and playing soccer (or any other sport)! Sarah also loves to laugh, dance, and drink trendy coffee. She is super excited to make new memories and see what God has in store in Bartlesville KLIFE.

(573) 268-4221


nick deason • men's DIRECTOR

Another new addition, Nick is a Kansas City native and a 2015 graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO (Go Dawgs), where he studied Exercise Science. He enjoys watching The Office, spending time in nature, making GoPro videos, and spontaneous dance parties. He is also an avid Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Florida Gators fan. Nick loves getting to work with kids and is excited to work with the kids in Bartlesville! 

(816) 797-0506

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