In August, Federated Church of Wauconda will welcome Pastor Soon Sun Lee. In her own words:
I want to share with you a little bit about my family, my past ministries, and my passion for Jesus.
I am Soon Sun Lee and originally came from South Korea in 1988 to study and to be an ordained minister. I am married to Dr. Sung Lim Lee. Sung and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in March this year. Sung is currently teaching as a professor at Methodist University in Seoul, South Korea. He teaches Christian Ethics and Theology. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He received his Doctoral Degree from Northwestern University.
Sung and I have two beautiful girls: Michelle is 20 years old (June 9) and will be a Junior this fall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying advertising. In her spare time, she tutors middle school kids, draws/paints, and plays the violin. Heidi is 16 years old (Dec. 30), loves playing the violin and piano, reading books, ice skating, and being involved in the McHenry Youth Orchestra as the concertmaster. She will be a junior at Prairie Ridge High School this fall.
With the grace of God, I have served the very diverse United Methodist Churches of Northern Illinois Conference; Riley (1995-1996), Burlington (1996-2002), Dixon: Grace (2002-2008), Harvard (2008-2011), Hebron (2011-2014), First: West Dundee (2014-2016) and since 2016 I have been serving Durand UMC. I was ordained as a Deacon in 1996 and as an Elder in 1999.
I graduated from Methodist University in Seoul, South Korea, receiving a Bachelor of Theology in Teaching the Bible. I graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston IL where I received a Master of Divinity degree. The following year I received a Master of Theological Studies, also from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. My major was Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Throughout my life, serving the Lord has been my great joy. Since I was a teenager, Jesus has been my greatest hope, hero, and Savior. He has been everything to me, especially when my mother was extremely sick in my early teenager years. After several surgeries, she ended up in a coma at the hospital for several months. In that situation, I knew what it meant to be a desperate person praying for a loved one. I prayed in the church night and day for my mother’s healing. I asked God to show me His Power and heal my mother as He did in the Bible. After many long days of prayer, my mother finally came home, healthy. I could not forget the healing that Jesus did for my mother and since then, my prayer life and serving the Lord through His people has grown stronger. Prayer has been a strong tool for my faith and ministry; serving and meeting people has been a great joy to me.
My passion (ministry strength and gifts) for pastoral care, story-telling, heart-felt preaching, prayer-centered ministry, organization of small groups and outreach to the community has developed tremendously over the years. It is my joy to share with others the Good News of the Gospel. My personal interests include: gardening, singing, listening to classical music, and visiting museums, historic architecture, conservatories and botanic gardens. I like to visit people, involve myself in the community, and enjoy a cup of tea with people.
As I come to serve you, I pray that we as a church will continue to pray, nurture, grow, and reach out to others so that we touch many lives as we strive to meet challenges in our town and world.
I will come by God’s choosing for us to work together to revitalize the congregation as a ministry team. That’s why I believe that God has called me to go and serve! May you give me the time and patience I need to observe you, find how to best lead and serve you with my unique gifts! I hope to know you and your families through home visits in the coming months!
I believe that every church has powerful potential no matter how big or small. Every church is called by God to share the Gospel and fulfill His special purpose. I invite you to join me in the life of this congregation. It is my prayer that you will prayerfully consider how you can become more involved in our ministry and missions.
Let us take to heart how Paul ends his admonition to the believers in Rome: “And now to him who is able to establish us by the gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ… so that all nations might believe and obey him, to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus.”