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.


meet the staff


Nick Newton • chapter director

Nick joined the KLIFE staff in August 2017. He was raised in Caney, Kansas. After high school he attended and played football at MidAmerica Nazarene University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 2016, as well as from the Kanakuk Institute in 2017. After serving as a counselor at K-2 in the summer of 2016, Nick discovered a passion for discipleship by pouring into young men through the transformative power of God’s word. When Nick isn’t working, you can probably find him near your local pond or river ripping lips and catching fish.


Reb roebuck • Women's director

Reb joined the KLIFE staff in August 2018. She grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2017. She then went on to graduate from the Kanakuk Institute in the spring of 2018. Reb served on staff at Kanakuk K2 for four summers and is where she discovered a deep passion for the power of God's Word and the Hope that is Jesus. She is energized for others to know and to live life out of the purpose these bring. Outside of KLIFE, Reb loves extreme sports, the outdoors, and anything covered in dark chocolate. 


Stephen Ritz • Men's director

Stephen joined the KLIFE staff in August 2017. He was born and raised in Plano, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2017. Stephen worked with Kanakuk KampOut! for 3 summers before getting plugged in with KLIFE. He is passionate about seeing the gospel move in the hearts of people and sharing God's story of reconciliation in his own life with those around him. Outside of KLIFE, Stephen enjoys playing and watching sports, finding new music, and spending time outdoors 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 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, has been through a formal training process, 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 Stephen Ritz at:

For information about girls’ small groups, email Reb Roebuck at:

upcoming events

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High school winter trip

The Columbia KLIFE High School Winter Trip is a two day, one night, adventure packed trip to Kansas City. The trip will take place January 19-20, 2019. 

We are excited to get away and have a ton of fun and fellowship with one another over the long weekend. The trip is open to all high school students in the Columbia area, not only those already involved in KLIFE. Invite your friends and come hang with us!

DATE: January 19-20, 2019

PLACE: Kansas City

COST: $200-250

*Trip package options and descriptions are listed the event website. The total cost of your student's trip is determined by which activity they choose to do at Snow Creek. ALL packages include bus transportation, lodging, 4 additional activities, 3 meals, drinks/snacks. 

*Additional cost will include: $25 for dinner at Joe's KC Bar-B-Que, and dinner on the way home. $5 if your student doesn't have a Top Golf member card.

For more trip details, a tentative trip itinerary, or to REGISTER TODAY, CLICK HERE!

Any trip questions may be emailed to


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Contact us

Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.


Nick Newton - Chapter Director

Stephen Ritz - Men's Director

Reb Roebuck - Women's Director