“Impacting a Youth Culture for Christ”


 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.

upcoming events


KLIFE Goes to the duttons

Join us as we head to see The Duttons on May 6 @ 8:00! Only $10! All are welcome, but limited seats are available!

RSVP with soon!

Meet the staff

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Adam Hall • Chapter Director

Adam was born in Montgomery, Alabama, but later moved to O’Fallon, MO, where he spent the rest of his childhood. He then headed even more north when he attended Truman State University in Kirksville. Even though he technically studied History and Elementary Education, Adam often felt like he was actually majoring in Kirksville KLIFE because he spent all his free time there. Following graduation, Adam spent a year getting his Master’s in Elementary Education at Vanderbilt University.  


Sarah gaines • women's director

Sarah grew up just a few hours from here in Columbia, MO. She attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. The following year she attended the Kanakuk Institute where she grew so much in her love for the Lord and in her heart for doing full-time Ministry. She worked for KLIFE in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for a year and then married her husband, Grant, in May of 2017 and moved to Branson! She is in her second year with Tri-Lakes KLIFE and loves this community. She has a heart for Jesus and pointing girls closer and closer to Him.

RYAN COLPITTS • men's director

Ryan grew up in a military family and was blessed to live all around the world in his youth. He ended up in Niceville FL, where he graduated High School in 2013. From there he moved to Michigan where he attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Degree in Communication in 2018. For the past two summers Ryan has worked at Kids Across America an Urban Youth Ministry summer camp. While there he was introduced to the Kanakuk Institute where he is currently studying the Word of God and equipping himself with the foundation to share the Gospel to everyone. He is very excited to join the Tri-Lakes team and cannot wait to start building Christ-centered relationships with the students and showing the love of the Savior to this community. 

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.

Join or Start a Small Group

Small Group Schedule:


7th Grade - 6:30 on Thursday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Caleb McElvain

8th Grade - 6:30 on Thursday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Jake Talbert and Bones

Hollister Middle School- 3:00 on Friday afternoons @ Hollister Middle School with Kyle Hewitt and John Currey

Freshmen - 6:30 on Thursday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Landon Alexander

Sophomores - 6:30 on Thursday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Adam Hall

Juniors - 6:30 on Thursday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Adam Hall


Branson 7th & 8th Grade - 6:30 on Tuesday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Sarah Gaines, Madi Hoppe & Hannah Aldrich

Branson Sophomores - 6:30 on Thursday mornings @ Chick-Fil-A with Sarah Werner

Branson Seniors - 6:05 on Monday mornings @ the Leach Residence with Sarah Gaines

Hollister Middle School - We are just getting this group started, please email for details!

Hollister & SofO Sophomores - 6:30 on Thursday mornings at Chick-Fil-A with Kathleen Puryear and Sarah Clark Pierson

School of the Ozarks Seniors - This group is lead by Abby Shover. Please email for details!

For information about guys small groups, email Ryan Colpitts:

For information about girl small groups, email Sarah Gaines: 

If you do not see your son or daughters grade listed, please reach out to us. We’d love to partner with you in getting this started!

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.

What's next packet

Made a decision to follow Jesus but wondering what is next? We have just what you need. Click the link below as we walk with you through this amazing decision and where to go from here.

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


Ryan Colpitts

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