Father George Pyle

Father George Pyle
Father George Pyle

Father George Pyle is a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of Chicago. He serves at Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield, Illinois.

Pyle served for almost a decade at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church in Champaign, Illinois, until he was placed “on sabbatical” on August 8, 2007. The clergyman was subsequently suspended from the priesthood on June 16, 2008.

According to The National Herald, Pyle was suspended pending an investigation into allegations of a “sexual nature” which had been made by former campers at the Athenagoras Camp and Retreat Center. The priest was the program director at the camp, which is located in Wyoming, when he was a seminarian. The Herald also reported that the priest was treated at Saint Luke Institute in Maryland during his leave of absence.

Pyle’s suspension was lifted on October 13, 2010. The priest was subsequently assigned to Saint Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque, Iowa, on February 13, 2011. He was transferred to Saint Anthony effective February 1, 2013.

Pyle was considered a successful GOA priest, especially for his work with youth and college students. In addition to Saint Elias and Three Hierarchs, the priest also served at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Illinois, in the late 1990s.

Metropolitan Iakovos Garmatis bestowed the office of Economos on Pyle on April 13, 2003.