Pastor Hun Ju Lee
Pastor Lee is the new pastor of Olivet United Methodist church in Coatesville. He is a first generation Korean-American. He was born and grew up in Incheon, South Korea. He came to America in 2001.
He previously served at Landenberg UMC and Chatham UMC for 8 years. Prior to that, Pastor Lee served the Lord in various capacities, including youth pastor, interim pastor and senior pastor at 4 United Methodist churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania conference.
Pastor Lee is an ordained Elder of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Over the years, Pastor Lee has served on various committees and is currently on the District Committee of Ordained Ministry, Episcopacy Committee and Committee of Religion and Race.
Pastor Lee’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in theology from Mokwon University in Daejeon, South Korea. Further education includes a Master of Divinity from Drew University Divinity School and a Master of Theology in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. At present, Pastor Lee is a Doctor of Ministry candidate in Christian Leadership at Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina.
Pastor Lee is married to Hye Shin Won Lee (Jessica). They have two children, Brian, a sophomore at Avon Grove High school and Grace, a 7th grade student at Fred S. Angle Middle school in the Avon Grove school district.
Pastor Lee desires for the church to be the joyous reunion of the family of God, a celebration of what God has done in our lives, a place where people love each other, and a place where people have an opportunity to learn from God’s Word. His hope is to build up a responsible community where we really care for and equip one another.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Jess has known since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher. December of 2017, she received her Associates Degree from Delaware County Community College in Early Childhood Education. Jess is currently enrolled at West Chester University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Four years ago, she began working as an assistant teacher at Hopewell Christian Preschool, where she still works today. Jess has also been involved in Coatesville Kids to College (at Olivet) for the past four years, this year as manager of the K-2nd graders.
Starting early on, Jess has always had a passion for working with children. Her first job took place at Hopewell UMC where she shadowed Patty Wiehler’s Children’s Ministry work and began working in the church nursery. Jess has always admired Patty, who pointed her in the direction of this role.
Jess’s main goal for this ministry is to instill a deep love for Jesus in all our students. She would love to add mission work that the children can actively participate in to help shine the light. Finally, Jess wants to bring everyone together more: she wants to bring back family night, have outside of church field trips, and/or develop a youth night for our older students.
Jess believes all of the pastoral staff, congregation members, families, and children play a significant role in discipleship, and we need to partner together to teach our young ones about Jesus and God’s love (and often, learning from the children!) When everyone comes together, amazing things can happen. She truly looks forward to working with the children here at Olivet UMC and helping to brighten their light.