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 | We offer weekly Klubs and events, full with lots of energy, laughter, and fellowship, where the truth is heard and the right to build a relationship begins to be earned. 

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 during small group but also in a one-on-one discipleship setting. This context often is necessary to delve into the deepest issues students face as well as provide the greatest genuine encouragement.


Our Mission

"To Impact a Youth Culture for Christ"



Mission Statement: 

We exist to influence a youth culture through the context of lasting relationships and the content of God's Word resulting in transformed lives

Theme Verse:

 "Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well" | 1 Thessalonians 2:8



Addie Deffenbaugh | KLIFE alumna

"In my life, KLIFE has been one of the most consistent sources of fellowship and role models that are strong in their faith. I have loved having small group leaders that pour into my life and then getting to use what I have learned to help younger girls grow in their faith"


Kate Johnson | 7th Grade

"KLIFE has provided me with a safe place where I can be myself. It allows me to have spiritual role models who teach me, and show me, how to let my faith grow"


Calvin Johnson | Senior

"KLIFE has been a great way to spend time grow closer with other believers in Christ. In the time that I've gone to KLIFE, the people there have been so supportive and loving. It's a great place to be able to grow deeper in my faith surrounded by my friends"


Briant Bowerman | Small Group Leader

"I love the chance to get to dive into the truth of God's Word with the 6th grade guys! Their passion for the Bible and for KLIFE is awesome to see"


David and Sonja Settle | KLIFE Parents

“KLIFE has (1) served as a beacon of God’s truth, helping our kids navigate the challenging and complicated adolescent years while (2) simultaneously being genuinely fun and engaging. We are so thankful for the relationships our kids have through KLIFE: friendships with others who are also learning and growing in Christ, and relationships with young adults who lead by example and mentor with gentleness, wisdom, and respect. Thank you, Bartlesville KLIFE!”


Meet OUR staff


GREG SCHAULIS: Chapter Director

Greg is from Wichita, KS, and is entering his first year as a part of the Bartlesville KLIFE staff. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2016, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2018. Greg has also served with Kanakuk Kamps during the summer, working with both K-Kountry and KampOut.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” | Romans 8:37-38


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Men’s Director

Nick is from Kansas City, MO, and is entering his third year as a part of the Bartlesville KLIFE staff (fourth overall). He graduated from Truman State University in 2015. Nick has also served with Kanakuk Kamps during the summer, working with both K-West and KampOut.

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose” | Galatians 2:21



Shelley Mai:
Women’s Director

Shelley is from St. Louis, MO, and is entering her second year as a part of the Bartlesville KLIFE staff. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2017. Shelley has also served with Kanakuk Kamps during the summer, working at K-7.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” | John 10:10



Starr Peterson:
Women’s Director

Starr grew up in Kansas City and is entering her second year as a part of the Bartlesville KLIFE staff. She graduated from Samford University in 2015 with a degree in Theatre, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2017. Starr has also served with Kanakuk Kamps during the summer, working both with K-Kountry and KampOut the past 8 summers.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” | Hebrews 10:23