Dr. Michael Pyle is a board certified general surgeon who, in 2008, accepted an invitation to teach in Biology and served as the department chair from 2015-2020. He currently serves as Associate Dean for the Martin D. Walker School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He continues to do surgery on a part-time basis and enjoys involving students on those occasions.
With the family in tow, he served the Church of the Nazarene for four years as a medical missionary to Swaziland in the late 80's and early 90's. He also covered short term needs in Haiti, Rwanda, Nepal, Uganda and Papua New Guinea. Since 2010 he and Nancy have taken teams of ONU nursing and pre-medical students to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea or Restoration Gateway in Uganda. Those trips combine service projects with observation time in the hospital and clinics.
Dr. Pyle established a new course in human anatomy using human donors. He also developed a relationship with Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, through which students shadow medical and dental practitioners. In 2013, this program won a national award for excellence from the American Hospital Association. In addition to Human Anatomy, he has instructed Neurobiology Seminar, Medical Terminology, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology.
Dr. Pyle enjoys nurturing community partners, including the local medical community, and uses local experts as guest lecturers. He enjoys an excellent relationship with the Osteopathic residency program at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.
Through the biology club, Biophilic, he has helped establish a yearly campus bone marrow registration drive (Be The Match) and a Science Career Night.
Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Pyle served worked for 10 years as associate pastor and pastoral assistant at Parkside Church of the Nazarene in Avon, Indiana. He also served on the ONU Board of Trustees for five years prior to joining the faculty. In 2017 he was named Faculty Member of the Year.
He married Nancy in 1979 after they came face to face during hospital rounds. Nancy earned her R.N. degree from Ball State University in 1978. In 2011, she completed a Master in Nursing Education degree at Olivet and is currently the director of campus traditional nursing track.
The Pyles are the parents of three children, Matt, Nathan and Katie — all ONU graduates. They immensely enjoy their grandparenting role! Laura Leigh and Lauryn Elizabeth arrived in 2012. Austin Mark and Easton James joined the posse in 2014 followed by Emma Kathryn in 2016. In 2017, the merry band expanded with the addition of Mykena Marie and Micah Anthony!