The Rev. Dr. Mary Anderson, Interim Pastor
As a called and ordained minister for 36 years and as one who has served during great transition in this season of Christ’s Church, I continue to be confident that God is actively at work in the world through this Church and through my gifts for ministry. In my practice of ministry, I have discerned gifts for liturgy and preaching, for evangelism among 20-40 years old and their children, for expanding the ministry of a congregation into the wider community, and for nurturing the faith of others through my writing of weekly devotional blogs and other publications. I have been especially committed to the concerns of homelessness, racial reconciliation, justice for the marginalized, and public education for children in poverty. For me, all of these are done and accomplished with a spirit of pastoral care for all of God’s children. My husband, Rev. Frank W. Anderson, and I have been married for 41 years. Frank was most recently the Lutheran Campus Pastor at USC for 14 years and is now Pastor at St. Michael’s in Columbia, which is my home congregation. We have two adult daughters. Colleen is the Director of Nursing at a rehabilitation center in Salisbury, NC, and a 2003 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Elise is a former athletic trainer and is now serving in a fourth-year internship as a Master of Divinity student at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She will be a first-call Word and Sacrament candidate, Fall 2019.
Silke Pyrlik, Director of Christian Life
Silke grew up and attended college in Germany where she was a member of the Lutheran Church all her life. In 2005 she moved to Hilton Head Island with her husband and two children, Ben and Dorena. Silke’s family joined Christ Lutheran in 2007. She served two terms as council president in 2008 and 2009. In the fall of 2009, she followed God’s calling and began a second career in church ministry as Director of Christian Life here at Christ Lutheran Church. Silke works with all members of the congregation, helping them to find ministries to be involved in as well as helping to plan fellowship events and our Faith Formation classes.
Nancy Conder, Preschool Director
Nancy is the Director of Christ Lutheran Preschool and has worked as both teacher and director for 29 years. She was graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA degree in Elementary Education and has extensive graduate study and training in Early Childhood Education and Administration. Nancy has two grown daughters and three granddaughters.
Linda Sheetz, Parish Administrator
Linda grew up in central Pennsylvania, but since has lived in numerous states. She has been married to her husband Bob for over 28 years and are so looking forward to becoming permanent residents here soon! So happy to become a Staff member of Christ Lutheran.
Jim Fritz, Director of Music
Jim has served as the organist, pianist, and keyboardist at Christ Lutheran since 1997. He has been teaching music for over 40 years. His experience includes a Fellowship in a pilot music project in inner-city Boston; teaching public school music in Indiana and upstate New York and at private schools in Pennsylvania. He holds a number of degrees in Music, German, and Music Education. He currently oversees Christ Lutheran Church’s choir and Bell Choir as well as the Blended Worship Service Music Team.
Mike Conklin, Sexton
Mike currently serves as the Sexton of Christ Lutheran Church where he oversees the maintenance and operation of our church’s facilities. He also oversees all the necessary logistics for events on the church calendar. Mike and his wife Patti are dedicated members of Christ Lutheran.