Rev. James M. Krach
Pastor James M. Krach was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He attended Holy Cross Lutheran School for elementary school, South Intermediate and Arthur Hill High School. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for 38 years until he attended a Promise Keepers convention in the spring of 1995 where the Lord of the Church gave him the desire to attend the Seminary to become a pastor.
After being led to attend the Seminary in the fall of 1996 and finding himself knee-deep in Greek, he completed his first two years of Seminary. Upon completion of the first two years of Seminary, Pastor Krach married Jennifer Gerger in August of 1998. They have two children: Desiree and Ellie.
Pastor Krach completed his vicarage year in Delmar, New York, and returned for his fourth year of seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. After completion of the last year of Seminary he graduated on May 19, 2000 and received his first Call to Zion Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, Michigan where he served for 5 years. Pastor also served Guardian Lutheran in Jacksonville, Florida and Faith Lutheran in Eldersburg, Maryland until being called to Serve Our Savior here in Gladwin.
Tyler L. Schlitzkus
Tyler Schlitzkus serves as Director of Youth and Young Families through Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gladwin, Michigan. Serving since November 2012, he oversees the direction of Adventure Seekers, Confirmation, Thursday Troupe, Senior High, College Age, Family Ministry, and Audio/Visual Ministry.
Schlitzkus is a 2012 graduate of Concordia University - Ann Arbor where he majored in English and minored in music and Greek. He has worked with people of all ages. Since being on staff at Our Savior Tyler has helped lead the church in the direction of community ministry.
Since coming to Our Savior, Tyler has seen the youth and young families department flourish under the blessing of God. The church has grown from only offering faith courses/materials for kids to now providing them for the entire family. Many of these materials are produced in house.
Active within the local athletic programs, Tyler has been a golf coach for Gladwin Community Schools since 2015 as well as the public announcer for boys and girls basketball. He has also been the adviser of Gladwin County Youth Action Council, the youth wing of the Gladwin County Community Foundation, since 2015.
Schlitzkus is a member of the National Association of Directors of Christian Education and the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association. He has presented for various conferences, local governments, and online sites including FiveTwo.
You can usually find Tyler working on a post for The Schlitzkus Blog, reading a good book, chasing after his family, or cheering on the Michigan State Spartans. He is a big promoter of personal faith. Tyler is the fortunate husband to Adrienne, dad to Bobbie Jo and Isadora, and master of Melchior, and Wendla (cats).