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What is KLIFE?

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

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.

Waco KLIFE brings the content of the Gospel to teenagers through the context of relationships to encourage, challenge, and disciple; rooted in Biblical teaching.
— Waco KLIFE Mission Statement

Meet The Staff


Caleb Hitchcock | chapter director

Caleb is from West Palm Beach, Florida, where he attended Palm Beach Atlantic University and studied Ministry. He served two summers with Kanakuk Kamps at K-West, and he was also the Student Ministries Intern at his church in South Florida.  Just before moving to Waco, Caleb married his best friend, Emily, who is now teaching second grade at Live Oak Classical School. This past April they welcomed their new baby boy, Owen, to the family. They are both beyond excited to continue to serve the youth of Waco together. Caleb has a passion for college and student ministry and believes that it is in those discipleship relationships that the love of God and the truth of the Gospel is best communicated.


Maisha Mitchell | Women's Director

Maisha is from Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from both Johnson County Community College and Oral Roberts University where she competed on the Women's Track and Field Team. She has spent the past five summers serving as a counselor and Women's Director at Kid's Across America Kamps. Furthermore, she spent this past year as a student of the Kanakuk Institute. Maisha is very enthusiastic about life and loves getting to know people. She is passionate about doing life with others, leading them to truth, and encouraging them to apply the Word to their everyday life. She is so looking forward to encouraging, equipping, and empowering the leaders and students of Waco KLIFE this year!


LJ Del Papa | INTERN

LJ is from Friendswood, Texas, and is currently a Junior at Baylor University studying Management and Communications. Through serving two summers with Kanakuk Kamps at K-West, and his two years of leadership with Waco KLIFE, LJ has developed a love and gift for ministry.  He is also the chaplain of the student organization that he is a part of at Baylor, and serves by developing Christian community amongst the men through Bible study, community service opportunities, and fellowship. LJ is passionate about youth ministry and cares deeply about the discipleship of others. He is also excited about the opportunity to be a part of the mission of KLIFE in his role as Intern.


Becca Lucey | Intern

Becca is from Greensboro, North Carolina, and is a Sophomore at Baylor University majoring in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Non-Profit. For the past two summers Becca has served at JH Ranch, a Christian Family Ranch in Northern California. This is her second year as a small group leader and her first semester serving as KLIFE intern. She is passionate about growing in the gospel through the community that KLIFE provides and enjoys small group with her girls each week. Becca is especially passionate about building relationships with, discipling, and encouraging young women to live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus. She is humbled by the opportunity to serve as KLIFE intern and is so excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing through Waco KLIFE!


The Board






Andi Fuentes

The KLIFE Board is comprised of couples within the community looking to partner with KLIFE in its active pursuit of Christ. These couples serve to assist the ministry by faithfully praying, supporting and assisting the ministry. Each Board member is actively engaged in the ministry.


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 to three 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

For information about boys’ small groups, email or call Caleb Hitchcockcaleb.hitchcock@klife.com | (561) 371-8803.

For information about girls’ small groups, email or call Maisha Mitchell: maisha.mitchell@klife.com | (816) 729-8896.

Current Small Groups

See all High School Boys Groups

See all High School Girls Groups

See all Middle School Boys Groups

See all Middle School Girls Groups

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 in the system.

upcoming events

KICKOFF KLUB - September 10th

Sorry you missed this event, but come check out our next one!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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DODGEBALL Tournament -  November 4th

Sorry you missed this event, but come check out our next one!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

AMAZING CHASE - October 5th

Sorry you missed this event, but come check out our next one!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

CHRISTMAS KLUB -        December 3rd

Wrap up the semester with the most wonderful KLUB of the year! You thought KLUB was awesome before? Then you have not experienced a KLIFE Christmas KLUB. We’ll be playing ridiculous Christmas games, eating mouthwatering Christmas snacks, and watching one of the best Christmas movies! Join us on Sunday, December 3rd, at 7:00 for this not so silent night.


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Caleb Hitchcock | Chapter Director


Maisha Mitchell | Women's Director