On Saturday, November 17, Pastor Sean Lee was ordained during the church service at Southview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.
Pastor Lee was born and raised in South Korea. Thanks to the careful tutelage and prayers of his mother, Sean was baptized in 1993 in his home church in Korea. While attending Adventist academy, Sean learned more about Jesus and got involved in various school activities. One day, a friend introduced Sean to a King’s Heralds album from 1961, and Sean’s spiritual journey was reshaped. He fell in love with Christian music and became more involved with religious activities. During his senior year in high school, Sean felt God calling him to be a pastor. Upon graduating from the Adventist university in Seoul, South Korea, Sean joined full time ministry singing first tenor for the Golden Angel Singers of the Northern Asia Pacific Division.
In 2006, Sean immigrated to the United States and began pastoral ministry at the Baltimore Korean Adventist Church in Maryland. While serving in the Chesapeake Conference, Sean met his wife Helen Kim. They were married in 2009 while Hele completed her degree in dentistry. After completing his Master of Divinity at Andrews University, Sean accepted a call to work for the Santa Maria Korean Adventist Church in California. He served there for a few years before moving back to Michigan to serve as the Andrews Korean Adventist Church pastor while he completed a Master of Business and Administration from Andrews University.
Sean was called to the Minnesota Conference in 2015 to serve as the Associate Pastor for the Southview Adventist Church and Associate Youth Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Conference office. In 2018, Sean was asked to serve as the senior pastor for the Southview Adventist Church. “I am excited to serve in this role with the church ministry leaders,” said Sean. “I feel blessed because I can see the willingness of church leadership and the desire of the congregation to serve their community.” It is his prayer that the congregation can make a positive impact in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
In addition to serving the Southview Church, Sean loves to play and have fun with his two sons, Nathan and Joseph. He enjoys singing and producing music. He also enjoys serving his community as a police chaplain with the Minneapolis Police Department.
“Sean has been working towards ordination for several years, and it was with great pleasure that we held the ordination service for him in November, which signifies the church’s recognition of the call God has already placed on his life.”
The ordination service was organized collaboratively between Sean and the Minnesota Conference office team. The program had several special elements to mark this memorable occasion for Sean. His son, Nathan, shared the scripture reading found in Isaiah 42:7, which is Sean’s favorite verse. Tim Denniston, Southview Church’s first elder, presented Sean’s history before the congregation. Conference president, Elder Justin Lyons, preached the sermon and offered a special ordination prayer. Elder Brian Mungandi, Vice President for Administration, gave the ordination charge and presented Sean with his ordination certificate. It was a joyous occasion for all involved.
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