Reverend Shaun J. Lee, a Brooklyn, New York native, serves as the seventh pastor of the historic Mount Lebanon Church. His road to serve did not happen overnight. He first graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as a chaplain assistant in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. It was at this chapel that he became motivated by the philosophies of non-violence and social justice. Upon graduating, he continued his education at Brooklyn College where he received his Master’s Degree in Education. Lee proceeded to teach in the New York City public school system for five years.
During his tenure as a teacher, he received the call to full time ministry. His family sold their house and moved to Princeton, New Jersey where he attended Princeton Theological Seminary ultimately graduating with high honors, receiving his Master’s of Divinity and a slew of various awards of distinction. The very day of his graduation – May 17, 2008 – Rev. Lee was asked to lead Mount Lebanon where he focuses on getting individuals to establish a true relationship with Christ, establishing a meaningful membership in God’s church and a concrete connection with the surrounding and global community. Reverend Lee firmly believes that the Word, Worship, and Work are central to advancing the Kingdom of God.
Reverend Lee’s leadership has led Mount Lebanon into becoming “A Ministry of Love,” that reaches beyond its walls to affect change. An active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Reverend Lee aims to connect with the un-churched through various pillars he’s set in place. Staying in tune with his own personal passions of social justice, he crafted institutions to reflect his ministry including a monthly soup kitchen, back-to-school BBQ that provides 500 children with supplies, a strong social media presence led by volunteers from the congregation and the Judges 19 Ministry which focuses on helping both men and women victimized by domestic abuse.
His latest pillar includes an “unconventional” Bible Study held at a neighborhood wine bar to allow those interested to “overhear the word” without entering the Church. Through this installment, a single’s ministry has grown and gotten together monthly for movie nights at this location and is working to reach more than just his congregation.
This New York Knicks and Giants fan is also board member of Caleb’s Feet Foundation, a cervical cancer awareness organization, where he serves as the current community liaison. Reverend Lee is married to Valerie, and delights in the nurture of their daughters Sian and Sanai.