Meet Our Pastor

Rev Soon Sun Lee

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 33rd 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. 

Sung and I have two beautiful girls: Michelle is a senior in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying advertising and loves painting. Heidi is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying medical/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 (1995-1996), 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 teenager 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, 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. 

I believe that God calls each of us at this time to work together to build of His Church.  God wants us to do our best in our ministries and missions so that we can be an impact church in our community and the world.  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.

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.”