St. Peter Lutheran Church has undergone a massive building project nearing completion this year, which was led by Klotz and church council members, to accommodate more parishioners and respond to the growth in the town of Malta.
Members of the parish responded to Klotz's health news with a sense of optimism and faith that reflected their deep and abiding respect for the minister.
"His leadership has given us strength and confidence to support him through the whole process, whatever it entails," said Richard Gaudet, church council president. "We know and feel he will overcome this. He has created strength in his church that would be difficult to muster in any other area church, and we're ready to give back all he has given to us."