"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.

model of ministry

One to Many - In this format our desire is to fill a room with kids who can participate in a safe environment with lots of energy, laughter, and fellowship. A place where the truth is heard and the right to build a relationship begins to be earned. This level features weekly Klubs and events.

One to Few - Our small groups are same-gender peers that gather on a weekly basis with a trained leader to study scripture, encourage spiritual growth, and promote accountability within the group. Other aspects of this level include going to kids sporting events, and playing in the dodgeball tournament once a year.

One to One - Our small group leaders are trained to pursue their kids not only outside of small group but also away from the small group in a one-on-one setting. This context often is necessary to delve into the deepest issues students face as well as provide the greatest genuine encouragement. This level truly embodies our theme verse of 1 Thes 2:8 where Paul says we share our life with our disciples.


"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."

- 1 Thessalonians 2:8


meet the staff



Derek was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He went to the University of Central Missouri and played football and graduated with a Social Studies Education degree. Derek went to the Kanakuk Institute after graduating college, and has spent the last 5 summers working at Kanakuk K7. Derek married his beautiful bride in December. He is so excited to get started in OKC as the chapter director and to begin serving the community and the students there. 


Haley Burden • Women’s Director

Haley grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders. She spent the next year attending the Kanakuk Institute and has spent the last four summers working at Kanakuk KWest. She is excited to serve in her first year as one of the Women's Director in OKC.


ALLIE CALVERT • Women’s Director

Allie was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. She played college soccer and graduated from Oklahoma City University. After graduation, Allie spent an additional year at OCU where she received her Master's in Criminal Justice. This summer Allie married her best friend Craig. She is excited to serve in her third year as one of the Women's Directors!


OKC KLIFE gathers weekly for klubs for 3rd-12th graders.

SUPER K (3rd-5th graders): every Thursday from 4:00-5:00pm. The first super k klub of the year will be Thursday, September 13th.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th-8th graders): every Monday from 6:30-7:45pm. The first middle school klub of the year will be Monday, September 10th.

HIGH SCHOOL KLUB (9th-12th graders): every other Sunday from 7:00-8:30pm. The first high school klub of the year will be Sunday, September 9th. 

Thank you so much for entrusting your children to OKC KLIFE. Your children are a highlight of our week and we love getting to spend time with them at klub, small groups, and fun events. In order for your children to participate in any KLIFE activity or event, they must have a current liability waiver on file. We ask that you follow the link below and fill out the liability waiver BEFORE your child attends the next KLIFE event. Thank you so much for your diligence in this so that we can continue to partner with you as you disciple your students.


In addition to our weekly klubs we have small groups that are made up of boys or girls in the same grade. Our small groups are the heart of our ministry. 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.



For information about girls small groups, email Allie Calvert: allie.calvert@klife.com

For information about boys small groups, email Derek Handley: derek.handley@klife.com

Current guys                     Small Groups

Heritage Hall 6th Grade Boys
Montana Myer

Casady 7th Grade Boys
Derek Handley

Crossings 7th Grade Boys
Michael Ohara

Heritage Hall 7-8th Grade Boys
Easton Holstine
Kregg Matthews

Crossings 8th Grade Boys
Derek Handley
JW Taliaferro

Edmond 9th Grade Boys
Lewis Boatright

Deer Creek 9th Grade Boys
Josh Maynard

Oklahoma City 9th-12th Grade Boys
Derek Handley
Brandon Dillard

Crossings 10th Grade Boys
Jared Punjabi

Heritage Hall 10th Grade Boys
Kyle Knierim

Heritage Hall 11th Grade Boys
Nathan Hinds

Heritage Hall 12th Grade Boys
Joe Deathrage
Jarrett Deathrage






Current GirlS Small groups

Crossings 6th Grade Girls
Emily Sallisberry
Emma Sacco

Heritage Hall 6th Grade Girls
Jacey Parkhurst
Emily Kasper

Belle Isle 7th Grade Girls
Nicole Bergstrasser

Heritage Hall 7th Grade Girls
Haley Burden
Allie Calvert

Crossings/Edmond 8th Grade Girls 
Allie Calvert
Delanie Mayfield

Heritage Hall 8th Grade Girls
Falan Fronko
Allie Brookman

Bishop McGuinness 9th Grade Girls
Megan Miller

Edmond/ Deer Creek 9th Grade Girls 
Laura Leigh Turner
Jessica Martens

Casady 10th Grade Girls
Taylor Maynard

Deer Creek 10th Grade Girls
Mikala Handley

Heritage Hall 10th Grade Girls
Kylee Keller
Haley Burden

Casady 11th Grade Girls
Emily Evans
Allie Calvert

Heritage Hall 11th Grade Girls
Marnie McIlraith
Madison Ivy

Heritage Hall 12th Grade Girls
Haley Burden

Edmond 12th Grade Girls 
Joy Johnson

Edmond 10th-12th Grade Girls 
Allie Glazner





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.


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upcoming events

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It’s that time of year again where you need to start practicing diving, ducking and dodging! OKC KLIFE’s 15th annual dodgeball fundraiser is just around the corner. If you’d like to sign-up a team or make a donation follow the link below!

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Senior Send - Off

Seniors and their parents are invited to enjoy an evening honoring the KLIFE senior class of 2019. Dinner and dessert will be served followed by a ceremony honoring each member of the senior class. RSVP to haley.burden@klife.com by emailing a baby picture and a senior picture to reserve your spot for the Senior Send- Off.

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contact us

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

Derek Handley - Chapter Director


Haley Burden- Women's Director


Allie Calvert - Women's Director


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