Rev. Hong-kien Jeremiah Lee
Rev. Hong-kien Jeremiah Lee is an Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the UMC. Jeremiah’s education includes Colorado Christian University where he completed his BA degree in Youth Ministry. His Master of Divinity was completed at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Jeremiah has served at St. Thomas UMC, as an interim pastor at Sugar Grove UMC, and at Naperville: Community UMC. He is currently serving under Anti-Racism Task Force Team and is on a district shepherding team. He is also serving on a Residency program for provisional members.
Prior to his call to ministry in the United Methodist Church, Jeremiah served as a Youth Pastor in Colorado Springs and helped run his family’s restaurant business. Jeremiah’s hobbies include tennis, pickleball, camping, cooking, snowboarding, and learning new stuff. He is working on getting a life coaching license. His family loves visiting National Parks and Historic Sites to witness the beauty of God’s creation while learning new things along the way.
He believes that God loves all people and welcomes all into God’s church. He is passionate about the works of mercy and justice. He loves to share God’s love through mission and ministry, and especially loves to feed people. His life is driven by Jesus, and he uses John Wesley’s three simple rules as his guide to living his life; “Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.”
Jeremiah is a Chinese descendent born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, which makes him a Chinese-Korean-American. He has lived in Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, and has visited all of the states in America except for one, but has found home in Illinois. Jeremiah is married to Shannon (Jungwon), and together they have a son named Isaac, who’s in college.