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 (clubs, small group Bible studies, 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, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.

Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

– I Thessalonians 2:8


meet the staff


Chris tuttle • chapter director

Chris Tuttle is in his third year as chapter director for Fayetteville KLIFE and also his third year of marriage to his amazing wife, Shelby. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he studied Political Science and English. There are few things that Chris likes more than than asking huge questions, reading, playing basketball, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and Everton FC. More than anything Chris greatly enjoys preaching and teaching the Word of God and watching students fall in love with Jesus as they share the Gospel with everyone around them.


KELSEY VAN HOUSEN • Women’s Director

Kelsey has resided in one-fifth of America’s great states and is now happy to call Fayetteville and the Ozarks home! She is a proud graduate of both Taylor University (go Trojans!) and the Kanakuk Institute, spent five summers staffing at Kanakuk, and worked a semester for Fort Worth KLIFE (go frogs!). She loves art museums more than the average person, is almost always willing to go on a road trip, and once spent a month living in an Italian convent with nuns. Kelsey believes that God transforms lives through discipleship and loves working for KLIFE, where she gets to spend her time discipling. WOO PIG SOOIE!

small groups

The heart of our ministry is small groups. Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade. They are led by young professionals and college students who have a heart for ministry and working with kids. Last year our leaders spent over 14,000 hours with their small group kids.

Each small group has one or two KLIFE volunteers (college age or older) or a KLIFE staff member leading it. The 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. The groups are assembled according first to gender, then by groups of friends possibly covering a couple of grades, but are purposeful in bringing groups of kids together to build accountability relationships.

A small group meets once a week and studies the Bible or a biblically-based book keeping in line with the KLIFE curriculum. The time they meet is determined by the leader of the group based on when everyone is able to get together.

Join or Start a Small Group

For information about boys’ small groups, email Chris Tuttle at:  

For information about girls’ small groups, email Kelsey Van Housen at:


12th Grade
Leaders- Caroline Silva + Cassie Blacksten

12th Grade
Leader- Emery Steinweg + Emily Calvert

11th Grade
Leaders- Hayden Langemeier + Avery Langemeier

11th Grade
Leaders- Kelsey Van Housen + SP Ellerman

10th Grade
Leaders- Maddie Dumas + Marian McCown

10th Grade
Leaders- Natalie Means + Lauren Pettijohn

9th Grade
Leaders- Madi Marsch + Caroline Backs

9th Grade
Leaders- Kayla Peterson + Hope Dunn + Anna Kate Beasley

8th Grade
Leaders- Shelby Sheets + Alex Luger + Georgia Autrey

7th Grade
Leaders- Lauren Reed + Julia Counce

7th Grade
Leaders- Lauren Crow + Tori Turner

6th Grade
Leaders- Camryn Johnson + Brooke Tomlin + Carlie Ribando



current guys small groups

11th Grade
Leaders- Chris Tuttle + Gannon Wright

10th Grade
Leaders- David Harris + Slater Smith + Jack Conklin

9th Grade
Leaders- Nate Booth

8th Grade #1
Leaders- Josh Willis + Hunter Estes + Cooper Lantefield

8th Grade #2
Leaders- Collin Adams + Chris Tuttle

7th Grade
Leaders- Luke Rapert + Carter Franklin

6th Grade- Holt
Leaders- Jackson Smith + Thomas Pears

6th Grade- McNair

Leaders- Toby Johnson + Robert Brand



LIVE Curriculum

LIVE is a digital curriculum that gets kids into the Bible and the Bible into kids. LIVE crafted lessons are easily understood, with principles that our leaders can grasp and pass along to students. Plus, the lessons emphasize discussion, dialogue, and meaningful connections among the group.  This allows leaders and students to just enjoy spending time with one another and each will thrive with this curriculum.

Each KLIFE Small Group may use the interactive LIVE Curriculum to help each group be effective and focused. Your KLIFE Staff Director will set you and your group up into the system.

upcoming events

Our second annual KZONE, A Very Kampy Christmas is coming up on Tuesday, December 12th! 

For one extravagant night of Christmas fun, we team up with Ozone, a fellow student ministry in Fayetteville, to celebrate Jesus coming to Earth and have a ton of fun while we're at it! Join us for an unforgettable night!


The semester is in full swing and all of our small groups have kicked off! If you are a student who wants to dive deep into the Word of God and walk with college students and other students your age, contact us! We'd love to get you connected!

Contact Chris Tuttle at or Kelsey Van Housen at for more information!

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