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Meet Our Pastor

The Reverend Junchol Lee is the very proud father of two wonderful children, Roiy and Joan, and the husband of a beautiful and loving wife, Heejoung Moon. Consequently, he is very focused on the value and importance of family at this stage of his life. He was born in South Korea in 1970 and moved to the United States in 1993.

He studied Chinese language, history and philosophy at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for two years and majored in Swedenborgian Religion at the Academy of the New Church College, now Bryn Athyn College. Afterwards, he was accepted into the ordination path at the Swedenborg School of Religion, our denomination’s previous seminary in Newton, MA. During his four years of seminary education, he completed his master’s thesis, a comparative study between Emanuel Swedenborg and Carl G. Jung on the origin of evil. In 2000, he was ordained into the ministry of the Swedenborgian Church, the year he turned 30.

To date, Junchol’s ordination has been the most significant moment of his life, as everything has since changed! After his ordination, he served the Swedenborg Chapel in Cleveland, Ohio for 9 years, officiating over nearly 120 weddings, counseling nearly 70 couples, and baptizing nearly 60 children. In addition, he engaged both the congregation and the general community with his eastern background via the introduction of meditation and eastern philosophy classes. These classes demonstrated the diverse nature of his spiritual makeup, a mix of the Confucian principles of ethics, the Buddhist practices of meditation and cultivation, a Daoist understanding of the world, and a Swedenborgian religiosity and theology.

In addition to serving the Cleveland church, he also served and is still serving General Convention in various ways and levels including: having been elected to serve SCYL (Swedenborgian Church Youth League) for 6 terms; having lectured at the Almont Summer Camp for 7 consecutive years; having been elected to serve the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers for 6 years, leading many mini-courses at the Convention; acting as the Camp Pastor for the Paul Haven Children’s Camp; and currently he serves as a member of the Committee of Admission into Ministry and the Ministry Support Unit. Since 2009, Junchol has also served as both the pastor for both the Calgary New Church Society and as the conference minister for the Western Canada Conference.

In Junchol’s words, “The fundamental reason that I have applied for the position as lead minister of the San Francisco Church is that I have been feeling a deep calling to the SF Church, a calling to a mutually rewarding relationship that will inspire spiritual growth on both sides. I truly believe that the SF church has a real potential to become a thriving metropolitan church with a spiritual vitality, a broader consciousness and a living faith in Christ.”