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, 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, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.
meet the staff
Kaitlyn Vanderveld, Chapter director
I grew up in a small town south of St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, I attended and played softball at Evangel University, graduating in 2012 with a degree in psychology. I then spent two years teaching 6th grade before attending the Kanakuk Institute, a graduate program in biblical studies. While at the Kanakuk Institute, I interned for KLIFE in Arkansas and fell in love with the ministry. I also met my husband, Joe, at the Institute. KLIFE is my dream job! For as long as I can remember I've had a passion for discipleship. The world constantly feeds us lies, especially in middle and high school, and my heart's greatest desire is for young women to know, believe, and live out the Truth. I am so excited to start my second year with St. Pete KLIFE!
Nate Rhine, Men's Director
I am excited to be joining the KLIFE family as I live my life for Christ in the community around me. As a Bible teacher, I have seen what it's like to be in the trenches with students, and I cannot wait to partner with even more students through KLIFE. I went to high school in the St. Pete area and attended college at Columbia International University, graduating in 2012 and 2014. I then spent one year as a teacher in Clearwater before relocating to St. Petersburg Christian School. After learning about KLIFE through SPCS, I knew I wanted to partner with them in any way possible. One year later, I am excited to say that I am joining the KLIFE family, not only as a supporter, but as a part-time staff member! I am so thankful to be able to minister to the St. Pete community through KLIFE!
Psalm 118:17--"I will not DIE but LIVE and will PROCLAIM what the Lord has done!"
SUPER K (3rd-5th)
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
Great Explorations Children's Museum
LAST SUPER K OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: MAY 4TH @ CRESCENT LAKE PARK
Middle School Klub (6th-8th)
St. Pete Christian School Gym
LAST MS KLUB OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: MAY 8TH
High School KLUB (9th-12th)
St. Pete Christian School Gym
LAST HS KLUB OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: MAY 9TH
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 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
For more information about boys’ small groups, email Nate Rhine at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about girls’ small groups, email Kaitlyn Vanderveld at: email@example.com
It's getting close to the end of the school year! While I'm sure that's exciting for our students, it's also sad because that means KLIFE will be ending soon. We like to go out with a BANG, which is why we call our last klub of the year "Blowout Klub". Here's the end of the year schedule:
Super K Blowout--May 4th, 6-7:15pm
**For this special Super K, we will meet at Crescent Lake Park for a night of games!
MS Blowout Klub--May 8th, 6-8pm @ SPCS
HS Blowout Klub--May 9th, 6-8pm @SPCS
Keep an eye out for any summer events and updates on next year!