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The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee is excited to present Rev. Joann Haejong Lee. Joann will preach on June 8 at the 10 am service, with a congregational vote following.

Joann was born in New York City to Korean immigrant parents and grew up in Houston, Texas. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois with a Master of Divinity, Joann was ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served as a Lilly Pastoral Resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. When her residency ended in the fall of 2010, Joann began serving as an Associate Pastor at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

As a second-generation Asian American woman, Joann’s ministry is informed and shaped by her gender and racialized identity. Although she ministers from a specific social location, Joann considers it a privilege and a joy to invite others to see the world through a different lens. She believes that diversity is a gift from God and embraces the holy tension created by our differences.

Joann has actively participated and assumed leadership roles in various organizations in the denomination. She was a commissioner to the 220th General Assembly for which she moderated the Committee on Immigration. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Korean American Presbyterian Clergy Women Board, a co-chair of the General Assembly’s Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, and a member of McCormick Theological Seminary’s Alumni Council. 

Joann is married to Mike, a recent law school graduate currently serving as a judicial law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. They met in eighth grade and married thirteen years later. They have two dogs: Bailey, a Jack Russell Terrier, and Logan, a Shiba Inu. This past January, they welcomed their first child, a baby boy whom they named after the city where they began their relationship, Austin.