The Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Se-Hyoung Lee

Senior Pastor: English Ministry
 
Reverend Se Hyoung Lee studied undergrad and graduate school at Methodist Theological University of Korea, and did his M. Div. and Ph. D. at Drew University in the United States. He served as a pastor at Oakhill Durham UMC and Vancortlandtville UMC in New York. He was ordained as a Deacon and Elder Minister of the New York Annual Conference and returned in 1996 to Korea to serve as Missions Pastor of Chungdong First Methodist Church, and it was then that he founded the English Ministry. Currently Rev. Lee is teaching Systematic Theology at Hyupsung University and serving as the pastor of the Chungdong English Ministry. His dream is to make the Chungdong E.M. a site of global exchange.

Rev. Dr. Hea-sun Kim

Volunteer Pastor
 
Rev. Dr. Heasun Kim is the director of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center in Seoul, Korea and is a staff member of International Ministries of United Methodist Women, the United Methodist Church, USA. Dr. Kim has been working for United Methodist Women since 1991, focusing on leadership development for Korean-American women and women of diverse backgrounds all over the United States. She also has led leadership training programs in many countries in Asia since 1993. She has been instrumental in bringing up ordinary women to become national leaders. Dr. Kim holds a master of theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) and a doctor of ministry degree in feminist theology from Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, Massachusetts). She was ordained in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1983. Rev.Hea-Sun Kim began serving Chungdong English Ministry in 2009.

Rev. Dr. Johan Reiners

Assistant Pastor: English Ministry
 
South African born Johan Reiners joined Chungdong English Ministry in 2009 as part of the ministers’ team.  After serving as a tenure track professor and counseling therapist at the Catholic University of Korea for several years, he recently relocated to Daejeon, where he accepted a teaching position at Woosong University.  Before coming to Korea, he served several congregations as a pastor of the Christian Reformed Church in South Africa.  Internationally he was a founding member of the World Reformed Fellowship and served on the Africa EXCO of the WRF.  He studied theology at the Evangelical Reformed Theological Seminary, University of South Africa, University of Port Elizabeth, and the University of Pretoria.  His love for music led him to study voice production at the Univ. of Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela University) and the Durban Opera School. This opened up new avenues where he played an active role in the performing arts in Durban (Durban Chamber Opera, Durban Symphonic Choir and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra). His love for radio led to a weekly broadcasting slot on the national broadcaster as well as regular programs on regional radio stations. His life's philosophy is expressed in the words of Erma Bombeck: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I will hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say: I used everything you gave me."

Rev. Dr. Joung Chul Lee

Assistant Pastor: English Ministry
 
Joung Chul Lee, ordained in Presbyterian Church (USA), is currently serving Chungdong English Ministry as an assistant pastor since January 2020. He is also a researcher at the Trans-Education for Peace Institute (TEPI) and teaches in various colleges. He completed his B.A. at Yonsei University. He then completed an M.Div. at Emory University, Atlanta, GA; a Master of Theology from Princeton (NJ) Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. at Claremont School of Theology. Before coming back to Korea, he taught practical theology and religious education at the Pacific School of Religion (GTU) for two years. He is a committed educator and theologian whose passion lies in liberation through education. He has served multiple churches as a preacher, educator, and administrator during the past ten years..