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


JOSH WILLIS • chapter director

Josh was born and raised in Kansas City, and is the youngest of his four older brothers, all of whom worked in the Kanakuk world. He was heavily involved in the Kansas City KLIFE chapter during his high school years, and is still in community with his KLIFE small group to this day. He then attended the University of Arkansas where he studied Exercise Science with a minor in Biology, along with playing on the women's basketball practice team. Josh was a volunteer for Fayetteville KLIFE all four years of college, and when God opened a door for him to step in as the chapter director, he jumped at the opportunity. Josh has spent his last three summers working at Kanakuk K-West, and loves all types of sports, both watching and playing them.


KELSEY VAN HOUSEN • Women’s Director

Kelsey has lived in one-fifth of America’s great States and is happy to call Fayetteville home! She is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, Missouri. She served on staff with Kanakuk K-Seven for five summers, where she was introduced to KLIFE. This is her third year as the Women's Director for Fayetteville KLIFE. Kelsey loves working with students and believes deeply in discipleship. While not at work, you may find her at an art museum or traveling with friends!

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.

INterested in Joining or Starting a Small Group?

For information about boys’ small groups, email Josh Willis at:  

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


12th Grade
Leaders- Kelsey Van Housen + SP Ellerman

11th Grade
Leaders- Maddie Dumas + Marian McCown

11th Grade
Leaders- Natalie Means + Lauren Pettijohn

10th Grade
Leaders- Caroline Backs + Annie Ellerman

10th Grade
Leaders- Hope Dunn + Anna Kate Beasley

10th Grade
Leader- Kelsey Van Housen

9th Grade
Leaders- Abbie Kathol + Georgia Autrey

8th Grade
Leaders- Lauren Reed + Emilie Lark

8th Grade
Leaders- Lauren Crow + Courtney Carpenter

7th Grade
Leaders- Camryn Johnson + Brooke Tomlin 

6th Grade
Leaders- Grace Willis + Gracie Taylor 



current Boys small groups

12th Grade
Leaders- Chris Tuttle + Gannon Wright

Mondays 4:30-6PM

11th Grade
Leaders- Slater Smith + Jack Conklin

Sundays 7-8:30PM

10th Grade
Leaders- Nate Booth + Jack Blocker

Sundays 4-5:30PM

9th Grade #1
Leaders- Josh Willis + Cooper Lantefield

Sundays 4:30-6PM

9th Grade #2
Leaders- Gunnar Green + Jake Thompson

Tuesdays 6:15-7:30PM

8th Grade
Leaders- Luke Rapert + Carter Franklin

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM

7th Grade- Holt
Leaders- Jackson Smith + Mitchell Mai

Sundays 5-6:30PM

7th Grade- McNair

Leaders- Toby Johnson + Robert Brand + Clay Martin

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM

6th Grade - McNair 

Leaders - Samuel Peterson + Campbell Petrie

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM


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

Up all night

Up All Night is our favorite Jr. High Event we do! This is an all night event for 6-8th Graders, starting at 9PM (location TBD) and ending at 6:30AM the next morning at High Rise Trampoline Park. We'll have team competitions, snacks, movies, and most importantly, a full night spent at the best trampoline park in the area. Spots are limited, so sign up quickly! Email with any questions! Register now:

Spring break ski trip

Calling all 9-12th Graders in Fayetteville! Don’t have spring break plans yet? Come join us at Winter Park March 17-21st for the must fun spring break of your life, along with getting to grow in your faith! Email Josh at for more information, and to reserve your spot today!

Clay Shoot Fundraiser

Grab your shotgun and come test your aim, all while benefitting Fayetteville KLIFE! KLIFE is 100% locally funded by the gracious donations of people in our community. On Sunday, May 5th, we will be hosting a tournament-style clay shoot to help raise money to continue the ministry of KLIFE. Email for more details!

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