About John Lee
Rev. John Young-Jung Lee is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds the theological degree, a Master of Divinity, through Emmanuel College in the Toronto School of Theology. He has continued his further study at the Toronto School of Theology in an advanced level of study in the area of Canadian contextual theology with his deep interst in global justice, theology of mission, ecological justice, and world religion. He later studied, as continuing education during his ministry, multicultural ministry and anti-racist ministry as well as conflict resolution and mediation.
John's first carrier is an architect and construction engineer, a graduate of Seoul National University majoring in architecture with B. Sc degree. This helps his ministry to think in sytemic and systematic way and to keep the work process in an organic order based on his training of construction process. His longtime service as a lay person helps him to sustain the lay perspective and engage himself in a self-critical evaluation of himself as a pastor. His past experience as a lay voluteer has helped him to be strong on ecumenical and interfaith dialogue as well as engaging in conversations with non-Christians.
John's main life work after his ordination has been a pastor as a care giver. He has ministered with the folks at Dentonia Park United Church while serving as an on-call chaplain in several hospitals. It was special part of his life experience that he discovered the gifts in the people of different culture and empowered them by incorporating each person’s unique gifts. John believes that Jesus' ministry is building the community of justice and mercy. This is the concern in his ministry 'with' and 'to' people whether as a preacher, a counselor, a teacher, a comforter, a challenger, or a colleague.
John believes that people in ministry are bound by the journey that comes from future in Christ, and has confirmed it through his congregational ministry and many voluntary offices and positions at local, regional, and national levels of the United Church including the presidencies of Toronto Conference and the Korean Association of the United Church. Currently he has finished his term as chair of Toronto Don Valley presbytery and is the chair of the Committee for Racial Justice in the Toronto Conference of The United Church of Canada.
Inspired by the incarnation of God in Christ, to actualise the wholistic and holistic ministry, John believes that communications in technological, physical and spiritual dimension need to be developed to realise that we are one body in God's creation regardless of our cultural, traditional and religious roots. This is how love and justice become visible in our life journey with Christ. This life of love and harmony will enable the church be the gift as it is 'in', 'with', and 'for' the society.
John is married to Young Sook, is the father of Hannah who is studying at Emmanuel College. He is a lover of drama, art, music and enjoys deep pondering about the shape of coming future society and church, and occasional family walk with his new family member, Owari, a Shih Tzu dog. John is friendly and maintains good relationship with colleagues and friends. He looks forward to encountering dialogical partners and friends who will plan together for the future ministry of coming new era.
This site is prepared by the Rev. John Young-Jung Lee,
a minister of The United Church of Canada
with volunteers who are committed in the works
of Peace and Justice in our global village
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Web planning team: Marion Current, Hannah Lee
Technical support & web designer: David Nam-Joong Kim
Art design team: Raymond NamKi Jung, Johnny Jong Hyun Jeong
Updated March 31, 2006
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