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 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
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 Univ. followed with graduate studies at Indiana Univ. in Recreation and Parks Administration with an emphasis in Private and Voluntary Organizations. 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, Organist/ Keyboardist/ Interim Music Director
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 and currently teaches at Hilton Head Preparatory School on the island.
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, including the prayer garden and columbarium. He also oversees matters of aesthetic appearance and security, as well as the necessary logistics for events on the church calendar. Mike and his wife Patti are dedicated members of Christ Lutheran.