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.


audrey High • Women's director

Audrey joined the KLIFE staff in August 2015. She was born and raised in Victoria, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014. After graduating from SMU, Audrey participated in a year long discipleship program at T Bar M Camps called the Timothy Team. Audrey is passionate about God's Word and helping students read & understand it on their own. She's a big fan of Columbia, the MKT, Andy's, & coffee shops downtown.


Stephen Ritz • Men's director

Stephen joined the KLIFE staff in August 2017. He was born and raised in Plano, TX and recently graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2017. He loves to play and watch all kinds of sports (especially college football and basketball), enjoys spending time outdoors, and gets fired up about learning from the Word of God. Most of all, Stephen is passionate about seeing the gospel move in the hearts of students and sharing God's story of reconciliation in his own life with those around him.


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 Audrey High at:

upcoming events

Super K Nerd Skating


Friday March 9th / 4-6pm / Empire Roller Rink

Meet us at the roller rink dressed in your best nerd costume for an afternoon of roller blading & games! $10/student includes 2 hours of skating + shoes. Open to 4th-5th graders. Sign up here!

Young Christian's Weekend

April 6th-8th / 6th-12th graders / Branson, MO

Spend the weekend with KLIFE as we adventure to Branson & Silver Dollar City for their annual youth conference. Ride roller coasters, hear incredible speakers, and watch live Christian bands. All while spending time with your Columbia friends! Register here. Cost will include transportation, meals, and ticket for the conference. For more details on the weekend, visit their website.

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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

Audrey High - Women's Director