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
Barbara grew up in southern Ohio and has since lived in many different states as she pursued her avocation in the equine industry. She has a BS from Eastern Kentucky University followed with graduate studies at Indiana University in Recreation and Parks Administration with an emphasis in Private and Voluntary Organizations and Interpretive Education. She is also certified with the British Horse Society and is a Clinic Instructor/Site Visitor with the Certified Horsemanship Association. She has worked alongside her husband in ministry for the last 20 years. Along with her duties as the Parish Administrator, she enjoys working with the youth of the church and the fledgling Bell Choir.
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.