“Impacting a Youth Culture for Christ”

Coming Fall 2019


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, 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.


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.

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. 


KLIFE was born out of Kanakuk Kamps in 1979 and is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 24 different communities around the country. Our mission is to point students to Jesus so they can know him, love him, and point others to him. KLIFE is fully funded by the generosity of families, businesses, and foundations in Hot Springs. With your generous donation, we will be one step closer to impacting students with the Good News of Jesus Christ. All donations made are tax deductible.

Upcoming Events

Kick Off Klub

Sunday, August 25th 4-6pm

@ the KLIFE Building

190 Elmwood near Munro shoe factory on Lake Catherine

Fall Retreat

September 21st & 22nd - Kanakuk K-2 - Details coming soon

Meet the Staff


Jared Patterson, Chapter Director

Jared is from Houston, Texas and a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Camp Ministry with a Youth Ministry cognate. He played on the men’s volleyball team at LU for three years. He’s always had a passion for camp, but even more, for long-term discipleship. He’s the youngest of two boys, and a family that loves binge watching shows on Netflix! He’s looking forward to pouring into the students through life-on-life ministry! He spends his summers working at Kanakuk Kamps K-2.


Mia Wiersema, Women's Director

Mia graduated from Asbury University in 2018 with a Degree in Communications (Leadership) and won a Conference Championship with the Women’s Soccer team. She is the fourth of five kids and though my family is scattered across the globe we are extremely close. She spent this past year at the Kanakuk Institute, an 8-month intensive Bible overview & discipleship program. She has spent the past 5 summers working at Kanakuk Kamps K-Kountry.


The heartbeat of our ministry is our small groups. Some fun facts about KLIFE small groups are…

  • Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade.

  • Small groups are led by college students or young professionals who have a passion for discipleship.

  • Students can join a small group at any point in the year.

  • All volunteers have been through an application & interview process with a trained staff member, has had a background check run, and has signed a commitment to follow Christ in their own life.

  • A small group meets once a week and has fun fellowship time, studies the Bible or a biblically-based book, prays with one another and holds each other accountable to spiritual growth.

  • The time they meet is determined by the leader of the group based on when everyone is able to get together.



For more information about joining a small group email:


LIVE is a Bible based 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.


Klub date, time & location coming soon…