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"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, videos, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.

 

meet the staff

 
 

joel ankrom • chapter director

Joel has called many places home but lived most recently in the southern suburbs of Chicago in Frankfort, IL. He attended Western Illinois University for sports broadcasting before following his call to work with youth. He then attended community college and received an associates in business. He worked four summers at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, IL where he found his passion for working with and discipling youth. During that time he also served as interim youth pastor for a year at his home church in Fulton, Illinois. He then spent the next two years learning and leading at Camp Manitoqua on their full-time staff. This is Joel’s second year as Chapter Director for Ozark KLIFE, and he couldn’t be more excited to continue discipling the youth in the Ozark community.

 

hilary bodiford • women's director

Hilary moved around often as a kid but claims Illinois as her home. She graduated with a degree in Intercultural Studies from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Hilary has a passion for traveling to new places in order to learn their culutre, language, and how God is at work. She developed a desire to work with kids and youth as an exchange student in high school but felt the Lord calling her to youth ministry while she was a volunteer KLIFE leader during college. She loves sharing her heart for missions with everyone she meets and is ecstatic to be living in the community of Ozark. This is Hilary's second year as the Women's Director for KLIFE and she is excited to live out the truth of 1 Thessalonians 2:8!

 

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 grades, and are very 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 Joel Ankrom at joel.ankrom@klife.com.

For information about girls’ small groups, email Hilary Bodiford at hilary.bodifor@klife.com.

 

Current Small Groups

10th, 11th & 12th Grade Guys

Leader(s): Joel Ankrom {joel.ankrom@klife.com}

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Thursdays at 7:30pm

9th Grade Guys

Leader(s): Zachary Baccam {Zachary.k.baccam@gmail.com}

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Tuesdays 7:00pm

7th & 8th Grade Guys

Leader(s): Joel Ankrom {joel.ankrom@klife.com}

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Tuesdays 7:00pm

12th Grade Girls

Leader(s): Madelyn Johns {sixm1@hotmail.com}

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Tuesdays 7:30pm

10th & 11th Grade Girls

Leader(s): Hilary Bodiford {hilary.bodiford@klife.com}

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Thursdays 7:30pm

9th Grade Girls

Leader(s): Hilary Bodiford {Hilary.bodiford@klife.com}

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Tuesdays 7:00pm

7th & 8th Grade Girls

Leader(s): Kimberly McGehee

Description: 7th Grade Girls Small Group

Location: KLIFE House

Time: Tuesdays 7:00pm

 

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CONTACT US

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

 

Joel Ankrom - Chapter Director

joel.ankrom@klife.com

 

Hilary Bodiford - Women's Director

hilary.bodiford@klife.com