About Our Pastor

Pastor LeeThe Rev. Dr. Brian Suk-Boo Lee was appointed to serve the Artesia-Cerritos United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2006. Born and raised in South Korea. Brian and Chloe Sung-Hee Kim married in 1993 and moved to the United States in 1994. Their daughter, Frances, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1998. Chloe is also a UMC minister. The Lee family resides in the church's parsonage in Artesia.

Pastor Lee was graduated from the Masters of Divinity program at Claremont School of Theology in 1998. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the CST in 2006. His study thesis was Cultural Issues in Cross-Cultural Ministry for Effective Pastor Leadership. Ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the California-Pacific Annual Conference in 2001, Brian has served various churches in both Korea and the United States. He has concentrated primarily on Pastoral care and Counseling and Church Leadership in his parish work. He understands multicultural relationships and perspectives. He is interested in social justice, peace and vision making to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ.

After receiving his M.Div. at CST, Brian went to Hawaii to serve as a resident chaplain at the Queen's Medical Center of Hawaii and as youth pastor at Christ United Methodist Church. Prior to coming to serve as pastor for Artesia-Cerritos in an English-speaking culture, his appointments included serving as pastor in a cross-cultural setting at Bardsdale UMC in Fillmore, California; pastor for Anchorage Korean UMC in Anchorage, Alaska; and pastor for Pacific UMC in South Pasadena, California.

Dr. Lee has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Pacific and Asian-American Ministries since 2000. A council member of the Alumni/ae Association of Claremont School of Theology since 2006, as he completed serving two and a half years as President of the Association June 30, 2010. As President of the Association, he served on CST’s Board of Trustees. Also, he served as chairperson of the Santa Ana District’s Committee on Ordained Ministry, a member of the SAD Leadership Team, and a member of the Cal-Pac Conference Leadership Team.

Currently, he is a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry and chairperson of West District’s Committee on Ordained Ministry. Also, he is serving as a member of Worship Team for Annual Conference.