Meet Our Pastor

Rev Soon Sun Lee

I am an appointed pastor in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church for 26 years. I originally came from South Korea in 1988 to study and be an ordained minister. I am married to Dr. Sung Lim Lee. Sung and I just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary in March this year. Sung is currently teaching as a professor at Methodist University in Seoul, South Korea. He is teaching for 20 years on Christian Ethics and Theology. 

Sung and I have two beautiful girls: Michelle just graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in advertising. Heidi will be a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying nursing/psychology and loves playing the violin.

With the grace of God, I have served the very diverse United Methodist Churches of Northern Illinois Conference; Riley (as a student pastor), Burlington (1996-2002), Dixon: Grace (2002-2008), Harvard (2008-2011), Hebron (2011-2014), First: West Dundee (2014-2016) and Durand UMC (2016-2018). 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.

Since my teenage years, serving the Lord has been my great joy and happiness. Prayer has been a strong tool for my faith and ministry; serving others has brought me a lot of joy and my life to be so much more full and colorful. 

My passion (ministry strength and gifts) for pastoral care, story-telling, heart-felt preaching, prayer-centered ministry, 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, reading books, and listening to music. I like to visit people, involve myself in the community, and enjoy a cup of tea with people.