Olivet The Magazine | It All Begins with Thanks – The Pyles

“ONU students have much richer educational, social and spiritual experiences, just as our own kids did. They are better prepared for whatever the future holds for them.”
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LW Warfel

June 18, 2024 Alumni & Friends, Giving, Olivet The Magazine

Men and women who are called to work as faculty and staff members for Olivet Nazarene University live a life on mission. They sink their roots deep into the soil that anchors what is already growing. They join a highly connected community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Olivet. They step into their place in Olivet’s history and longevity.

When many people think of Olivet, they may think of iconic buildings or memorable moments. But what they think of most often are the people they encountered while studying, learning, growing and working at Olivet.

“We are thankful for those who invest so much of their lives in the mission and work of Olivet,” says Dr. Brian Allen ’82/’05 D.Litt., vice president for institutional advancement. “Some, as they transition from one phase of life to another, still have a desire to contribute to helping Olivet continue to thrive. That is the case for three outstanding couples who have recently joined our Development team.”


Engagement and Development Advocates

“Live your life so that you’re always prepared to say yes to God. We learned from our parents how to be content in each season of life. As we age, we hope to keep saying yes. We brought our three children to Celebrate Life events at ONU many times. So when it was time for college, we weren’t too surprised that they didn’t want to go anywhere else. ONU students have much richer educational, social and spiritual experiences, just as our own kids did. They are better prepared for whatever the future holds for them.”

Mike and Nancy continue to live a life on mission in the areas of nursing and the sciences. Dr. Pyle previously served as dean of the Walker School of STEM, and Nancy ‘11 M.S.N. was a professor and program director for the School of Nursing. Now, as engagement and development advocates for the natural sciences and nursing programs, they are ambassadors for the University — as well as mentors and mission trip leaders. They are committed to keeping alumni and friends of Olivet connected with the University’s ongoing work.

The Pyles are invested deeply in developing and maintaining relationships. They are passionate about Olivet students and the quality of the student experience and have formed a growing network of connections with alumni and friends of the University. They join together with faculty and staff to help make sure needs are met, growth continues and the mission of Olivet thrives.

Today, the Pyles join Olivet’s Office of Development to fund excellence in all areas of the University for future generations of students. Olivet is committed to attract the best and brightest students and to send them out for significant contributions to the world.

From Olivet The Magazine, Compassion & Conviction – Spring 2024. Read the full issue here.

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LW Warfel

Laura Wasson Warfel is a story gatherer, writer, editor, and follower of Jesus Christ. A good listener, she distills details into meaningful communications. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, she launched More Than A Widow, a ministry to help widows live beyond the label and find their more.

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