Church Staff

 The Rev. Dr. Emil H Klatt III

The Rev. Dr. Emil H. Klatt III hails from Beaufort, SC.  He is a 1973 graduate of Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, and a 1977 graduate of Clemson University, with a BA in Secondary Education/History.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps and served for 20 years on active duty.  He retired from active duty in 1997 and entered Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, graduating in May of 2001 with a Master of Divinity degree, and was ordained a month later.  Pastor Klatt also holds a Master of Arts in History and Humanities Studies, and a doctorate in pastoral counseling.  He has served in the parish in Fayetteville, NC and Lancaster, OH.  He also served a special call for one year at Culver Academies in Culver, IN.  He is married to Barbara Newill Klatt. They have two daughters and six granddaughters.  Pastor Klatt and Barbara live on Hilton Head Island.

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 and her husband, Frank, have two grown daughters and three granddaughters.



 Barbara Klatt, Parish Administrator

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.