School of Life and Health Sciences
Surgery Residency, 1983, Michigan State University at Grand Rapids
M.D., 1978, Indiana University School of Medicine
B.A., 1974, Indiana University at Bloomington
Dr. Michael Pyle is a board certified general surgeon who, in 2008, accepted
an invitation to teach in Biology and currently serves as chair of the
department. 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.
Recent years brought short term service in Haiti, Rwanda, Nepal 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. Each
trip combines a service project with observation time in the hospital and its
Dr. Pyle established a new course in human anatomy using human donors. In
addition, he 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. He also teaches medical terminology, anatomy/physiology,
pathophysiology and biology seminar.
Dr. Pyle enjoys nurturing community partners like Riverside Medical Center.
He attends a weekly conference at the hospital and enjoys an excellent
relationship with the Osteopathic residency program which yearly offers mock
medical school interviews to ONU students.
Through the biology club, Biophilic, he has helped establish a yearly campus
bone marrow registration drive (Be The
Match) and a Health Science Career Night.
Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Pyle served several years as associate pastor and
later as pastoral assistant at Parkside Church of the Nazarene in Avon,
Indiana. Before joining the faculty, he served as a member of the ONU Board of
Trustees for five years.
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
currently teaches in the nursing department.
The Pyles are the parents of three children, Matt, Nathan and Katie — all
ONU graduates. They immensely enjoy their latest assignment as grandparents!
Laura Leigh and Lauryn Elizabeth arrived in 2012. Austin Mark and Easton James
joined the posse in 2014.