Reverend Andrew Kunyoung Lee
Born and raised in Seoul in the Republic of Korea, he served churches and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Seoul and Toronto.
He worked for Homeless Programs supported by the Korean government when the economic restructuring by International Monetary Fund had impacted the whole of Korea.
When he came to Toronto to further his study in theology, he worked for Social Service for the Immigrant Family in Toronto. Besides NGO experience, he continuously served Kyungdong Church (Seoul) as a Sunday school teacher, and Hanshin Church (Seoul), Kangdong Church (Seoul), Hosanna Presbyterian Church (Toronto), Sorae Presbyterian Church (Toronto), Myungsung Presbyterian Church (Toronto), Alpha Korean United Church (Toronto), and Onnuri Korean United Church (Toronto) as a minister. He is also serving as a director of Oikoumene Korean Institute for Spirituality (Seoul) and a spiritual director of Jubilee Institute for Spirituality (Vaughn).
After his undergraduate education of philosophy that had fueled his great zeal for human rights and social reconstruction, he had to serve the mandatory Korean military service. Unexpectedly imposed as a chaplain assist for the church in the camp, he responded to the divine call to dedicate himself as a minister. Hanshin Theological Graduate University (Seoul) endowed him an M.Div., and he was ordained at KangdongChurch in Seoul-Dong Presbytery of the Presbyterian in the Republic of Korea in 2002.
In order to better serve the people of God, he decided to study at the University of Toronto and graduated the Integration for Ministry (IFM) program combined with Master of Sacred Theology (STM) at Regis College, Master of Theology (Th.M, Education of Christian spirituality) at Knox College, and Diploma of Spiritual Director (DSD) at Regis College.
Once hired as a G.S.A. at Emmanuel College, he started his PhD program at McMaster Divinity College in McMaster University, and he is currently writing his dissertation about an eco-theological dialectic of suffering and hope that suggests a new paradigm of Christian spiritual formation.
He wrote “The Study of the Resurrection in Maccabeus” which can be found in the National Assembly Library of Korea and “Contributions of T’oegye’s Sacred Learning to Christian Education in the 21st Century” which can be found in the University of Toronto Library.He presented an academic presentation, “T’oegye and Neo-Confucian Contribution to the Debate of Christian Formation” at the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT) in London, UK.
He loves playing the guitar, camping, bicycling, and fusion-cooking. The best dish he can make is squash porridge.
He is dedicated to dishwashing for his wife, who is also a church minister, and three kids. “A dishwasher is a great help,” he added.