Pastor Sean Lee Ordination

Sean LeeOn 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.

20181117_SouthviewService_PastorLeeOrdination_30“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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A Balm for Maplewood Academy

Gilead2As you visit with Gilead Tarus, two things quickly stand out. First, he has a great smile and second, he has an unusually calm, peaceful spirit. Both qualities come from a life grounded in Jesus Christ.

Gilead is a 15-year-old sophomore at Maplewood Academy. He is the son of Samson and Everlyn Tarus. He was born in Minnesota and his parents are from Kenya. He can speak “broken” Swahili and his favorite food is chapati (Kenyan flatbread) with rice and beans. His favorite classes at MWA are science and Bible.

This remarkable young man has already delivered two sermons at his home church, the Andover Seventh-day Adventist Church. He also spoke last year for the MWA student week of prayer. As a 7th grader, he invited students to his room during MWA Music Festival for worship and Bible study.

Gilead’s gift for spiritual leadership began to show itself in elementary school. Tralese Syvertson was Gilead’s teacher for grades 5-8. “He found the Lord in a big way,” she said. “He was not reserved or ashamed about it. God changed him into a kind young man and kids would go to him for advice. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” According to Syvertson, Gilead’s worship and Bible study while at MWA music fest outgrew his assigned dorm room and it had to move to the hallway.

Gilead4Gilead was surprised how God’s spirit worked in some of his classmates last year. “I saw people come to Christ that I never thought would make that decision,” he said. “People that were watching basketball videos 24/7 switched to watching sermons.”

Gilead now sees a special opportunity to lift up Jesus over meals at the cafeteria. “People talk about God and His mysteries,” he said. “There are special times when the table talk is lifting us closer to heaven.”

Gilead’s ability to be at MWA is due to his reliance on God and, in part, his work ethic. This past summer, he worked for the Minnesota Conference Magabook program with Darrell Conway, the conference Literature Evangelism Coordinator. He highly recommends the experience. Additionally, he currently works with the ASSIST program at Maplewood. ASSIST partners students with senior citizens at assisted living center and nursing homes.

Gilead believes his Maplewood experience is teaching him independence. “I see Christ more,” he said. “I’m learning from my mistakes and I see God’s guidance in my life.”

With his joyful, peaceful spirit, his favorite verse makes a lot of sense. It is found in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.”

Adventist Education’s mission is “to enable learners to develop a life of faith in God, and to use their knowledge, skills, and understandings to serve God and humanity.” As you consider the children in your life or the local school ministry your church is sponsoring, remember this mission. And remember Gilead. Adventist Education exists to help our young people meet and know Christ. Please pray for your local educators as they strive to give more students the same opportunities as Gilead.

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