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.

INterested in Joining or Starting a Small Group?

For information about boys’ small groups, email Josh Willis at:  

For information about girls’ small groups, email Kelsey Van Housen at:


12th Grade
Leaders- Kelsey Van Housen + SP Ellerman

11th Grade
Leaders- Maddie Dumas + Marian McCown

11th Grade
Leaders- Natalie Means + Lauren Pettijohn

10th Grade
Leaders- Caroline Backs + Annie Ellerman

10th Grade
Leaders- Hope Dunn + Anna Kate Beasley

10th Grade
Leader- Kelsey Van Housen

9th Grade
Leaders- Abbie Kathol + Georgia Autrey

8th Grade
Leaders- Lauren Reed + Emilie Lark

8th Grade
Leaders- Lauren Crow + Courtney Carpenter

7th Grade
Leaders- Camryn Johnson + Brooke Tomlin 

6th Grade
Leaders- Grace Willis + Gracie Taylor 



current Boys small groups

12th Grade
Leaders- Chris Tuttle + Gannon Wright

Mondays 4:30-6PM

11th Grade
Leaders- Slater Smith + Jack Conklin

Sundays 7-8:30PM

10th Grade
Leaders- Nate Booth + Jack Blocker

Sundays 4-5:30PM

9th Grade #1
Leaders- Josh Willis + Cooper Lantefield

Sundays 4:30-6PM

9th Grade #2
Leaders- Gunnar Green + Jake Thompson

Tuesdays 6:15-7:30PM

8th Grade
Leaders- Luke Rapert + Carter Franklin

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM

7th Grade- Holt
Leaders- Jackson Smith + Mitchell Mai

Sundays 5-6:30PM

7th Grade- McNair

Leaders- Toby Johnson + Robert Brand + Clay Martin

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM

6th Grade - McNair 

Leaders - Samuel Peterson + Campbell Petrie

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM


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.