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.


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 is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is starting his 4th year with Bartlesville KLIFE. He graduated from Southwest Oklahoma State University with a degree in Political Science in 2013, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2014.

Hobbies: backpacking, climbing, camping, and coaching CrossFit

Favorite Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Phone: (817) 681-3072


nick deason • men's DIRECTOR

Nick is from Kansas City, Missouri, and is starting his 2nd year with Bartlesville KLIFE. He graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Exercise Science in 2015.

Hobbies: Dance parties, Pop Tarts, Florida Gators football, and visiting National Parks

Favorite Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:8

Phone: (816) 797-0506


Shelley Mai • Women's Director

Shelley is from St. Louis, Missouri, and is starting her 1st year with Bartlesville KLIFE. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2017. 

Hobbies: movie nights, dance parties, and concerts

Favorite Scripture: John 10:10




Starr Peterson • Women's Director

Starr is from Kansas (and North Carolina, Alabama, and Missouri), and is starting her first year with Bartlesville KLIFE. She graduated from Samford University with a degree in Theatre in 2015, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2017.

Hobbies: laughing, eating avocados, and driving with the windows rolled down

Favorite Scripture: Hebrews 10:23


small groups

The heart of our ministry is small groups. Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade, and are led by young professionals and college students who have a heart for ministry and working with kids. KLIFE small groups have one or two volunteers or a KLIFE staff member leading it. Each volunteer has been through an interview process with a staff member, has been background checked, and has signed a commitment to follow Christ in their own life. Small groups meet once a week to study the Bible or a biblically-based book keeping in line with the KLIFE curriculum. Meeting times will be based on when everyone is able to get together.


Check out our Active Small Groups



For information about High School guys’ small groups, email Jesse Wright

For more info about Middle School guys' small groups, email Nick Deason

For more info about High School girls' small groups, email Shelley Mai

For more info about Middle School girls' small groups, email Starr Peterson




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