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what is klife

KLIFE is a non-profit parachurch ministry focused on discipleship for youth. 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.

We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

– I Thessalonians 2:8

OUR model of ministry

Through weekly and monthly gatherings we invite kids to be apart of the ministry and have a ton of fun.


Our goal is to get kids plugged into small groups led by college students and young adults. Small groups are split up by grade and gender.


All of our small group leaders pursue their kids 1on1 in order to provide authentic discipleship. 

Why KLIFE is so important

Research shows that for every ten Christian’s who step foot on a college campus, only two graduate still professing to believe in Jesus. The overwhelming common denominator for the two out of ten is they had someone intentionally investing in them during their teenage years; someone like a KLIFE small group leader.

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Teenagers are walking onto college campuses unable to defend their faith, but when a young adult shares their life with a teenager, transferring spiritual truths and life experiences, they are far more likely to continue walking with Jesus through college.



The secret to a successful youth ministry is not organization. The secret is not talent. The secret is not advertising. The secret is not funding. The secret is the supernatural, undeserved, free, sovereign grace of God. It is His grace that prepares the hearts of kids, families and volunteer leaders you will minister to. It is His grace that removes the obstacles that Satan has thrown in your path to prevent you from ministering. It is His grace that gives you the words to speak, places you where you need to be, and makes his or her heart receptive to the gospel. It is His grace that allows the seed of the Word to take root in the soil of a soul and bring forth fruit to everlasting life. It is His grace alone.

And the degree to which we recognize that and make ourselves available to be instruments of His grace, our ministry is guaranteed to be effective .... maybe not by man's standards... but man's standards will be of no consequence when we get to heaven. Conversely, the degree to which we set up a scenario for us or Klub or our small group or our events or our relationships to receive glory for winning souls or growing saints or doing anything else eternal, to that degree we frustrate the grace of God.

If God chooses to use KLIFE in the Kingdom, it is not because we are special. It is because God is special, and He can use anything- especially the weak things of this world to confound the mighty. Our prerequisite for greatness is not found in what we do or how great we are, but in how humbly we fall on our faces before God and ask for His amazing grace. He wants to win the lost more than we do. He wants to grow the saints more than we do. He wants to train the leaders more than we do.

If we would spend at least as much time on their knees, humbling themselves before God, as they do planning and training and organizing, God would come onstage and do wondrous things for His church. It's all of grace, Beloved. It's all of grace. Yes, we train. Yes, we study. Yes, we plan, but only as a means to an end. That end is to bring tools to lie at the feet of our God and ask Him to use them as He sees fit, and to remove them if they get in His way.


meet our National hq team


Don Ford | President

Don Ford serves as the President of KLIFE Ministries. He also works for Kanakuk Kamps, K-2, as Co-Director. He is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Don and his wife, Jennifer, were married in the summer of 2011. Don began to work at K-2 in 1984 as a counselor. He joined Kanakuk full-time in 1999 where he was the President of AfterDark. Don became the president of KLIFE Ministries in March of 2014. He and Jennifer are passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus with teenagers and Kamp staff. 


kyle williamson | Regional Director

Kyle is from Pendleton, IN and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Education. Kyle worked for Conway KLIFE for 6 years. He joined the National Support Center in 2016. He married his wife Janelle in 2011.


Jesse wright | Regional Director

Jesse is from Fort Worth, TX and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Political Science. He graduated from the Kanakuk Institute in 2014. Jesse served as the Chapter Director of Bartlesville KLIFE for 4 years. He joined the National Support Center in 2018. 

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Jared is from Fort Wayne, IN and a graduate of Anderson University. He attended the Kanakuk Institute 2006 and went on to work for KLIFE in Branson for 7 years. Jared joined the National Support Center in 2018. 


michael mueller | Regional Director

Michael is from St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Biochemistry and later with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Michael served as Director in Columbia, Missouri for 3 years before joining the HQ team. 


Annie Kelly | Women’s Shepherd

Annie is from Dallas, TX and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communications and a minor in Religious Studies and later from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Counseling. Annie served as the Women’s Director in Fort Worth, TX for 3 years before joining the HQ team.


Kaitlyn Cathey | Women's Shepherd

Kaitlyn is from Granbury, Texas, and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Communication. She continued her education with the Kanakuk Institute and finished her Masters in Ministry from John Brown University in 2013. Kaitlyn served as the Women's Director for Stillwater KLIFE in Oklahoma for 4 years before joining the National Support Center in 2016. 

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Chelsea Harrison | Women's Shepherd

Chelsea is from Jefferson City, MO and graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Communication.  Chelsea volunteered for KLIFE for 6 years, and then was the Part-Time Women's Director for 6 years in Kirksville, MO.  Chelsea married her husband, Kevin, in August of 2009.  Together, they have three children; Charli, Mattie Mae, and Liam.  


The National Board

The KLIFE National Board is comprised of people from around the country who have been connected to KLIFE in some capacity. They are in active pursuit of Christ and they continue to develop KLIFE by faithfully praying, supporting, and assisting the ministry.

Chip Brookhart

Jill Brown

Michael Colby

Don Ford

Doug Goodwin

David Hudiburg

Bob Thorpe

Thomas Walker

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KLIFE Ministries, Inc. is committed to growing. More importantly we are committed to growing with partners that are able to sustain the ministry over time. Health and longevity are important to us. If you are interested in bringing KLIFE to your community, please CLICK HERE to fill out a quick questionnaire.


Upon receiving your questionnaire, we will contact you via phone to discuss the next steps. Thank you for considering KLIFE as an option for reaching the youth culture of your community for Christ.


Our purpose is to impact a youth culture through the context of lasting relationships and the content of God’s Word resulting in transformed lives. Our goal to disciple the youth across the country happens largely through our extraordinary KLIFE Staff and their volunteers.

KLIFE is looking for exceptional young men and women with a fully surrendered heart for Jesus Christ and a desire to help teenagers do the same. If you want to join a team that is passionate about seeing lives transformed by the Gospel, come be a part of what God is doing through KLIFE!

Join our Staff Today!

We do interviews throughout the year, but most of our new staff are hired to begin in the fall school semester of each year. Beginning February 1, we will know where openings are for our local Chapters and allow local Boards to review recommended candidates. Our goal is to have each position filled by April 1. That said, our Staff needs are expanding and positions come open throughout the year.

KLIFE Ministries has zero tolerance for abuse. We take abuse seriously and do prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. To ensure the safety of the kids involved, completion of the application process is mandatory in our screening process. Interactions with youth will be monitored and a code of conduct must be signed and adhered to.

click here to fill out our interest survey