Reverend Michael Lyle is welcomed by parishoners at First Presbyterian Church, Honesdale.


He’s a retired military man with a heart for God.


Reverend Michael Lyle is the new pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale. He’s energetic and friendly and committed to Christ.  


He and wife Brooke have two children: five-year-old Jacob and three-year-old Chloe.
Pastor Michael hails from Grove City, in Western, Pennsylvania, where his parents, Dr. Donald and Barbara Lyle still live. After high school, he entered the Air Force Academy, serving as an Officer for eight years: four years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer and the latter four years in Command and Control.


“After that, I felt a call to the ministry. So, I attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts,” he said. He graduated from seminary this past August. “This is my first ordained call,” he says of Pastoring the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale, where he started December 10. “My Ordination Service and Instillation Service will be on January 20 at 2 p.m. at the church,” he said. All are invited.  


At 31-years-of-age, Pastor Michael says he felt God calling him to the ministry since high school. “I think all my life, since high school, I felt like I was to go to the ministry in some capacity. But I didn’t want to, mostly because ministry is a difficult profession. It was actually easier taking the military than going to ministry, just because of the intricacies of ministry these days.” These days, he has an excitement for the ministry. He’s the church’s 13th pastor, he says. 


Loving people where they are


Pastor Michael is all about, “loving people where they are.”


“My credo or my vision is to love people where they are and to build relationships with people ...Each of us is broken in our own ways or have our own struggles each day, trials, tribulations, anguish. And to come alongside people where they are in those, and love them, despite differences, despite issues, despite their troubles, is really where the focus is for me. None of us deserve God’s love, but He gives it to us. That’s called grace. It’s a gift we didn’t deserve.”    


Pastor Michael is starting a series on Philippians, beginning this Sunday. “The Book of Philippians is a great Epistle. And I think it hits us right — it sits right up in our lap, because our  everyday problems are approached in the Epistle of Philippians: about building community, about building relationships, growing together. It’s a great book.” That’s his intended lesson, he said, but should God’s Spirit move in another direction, he’ll follow.


As to his favorite Biblical passage, Pastor Mike says, “1 Thessalonians 5:17, ‘Pray without ceasing.’”


“Pray continually,” he says of his favorite passage. “And that’s how we get through our days. Sixteen (1 Thessalonians 5:16) is, ‘rejoice always’ and  17 is , ‘Pray without ceasing.’”


Sunday Service at the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale is at 11 a.m.; Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.