St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Socorro welcomes a new pastor to lead their flock. Taking the pulpit for the first time on July 2, Rev. Dr. Sung Hyun Lee comes from the Aroma of Christ Korean Methodist Church and has more than 10 years ministry experience. She prefers to be called Sung, which is pronounced exactly as the English word “sung.”
Sung holds a Ph.D. in psychology and religion, Christian social ethics, and women’s and gender studies from Drew University in New Jersey. Her Master’s of Theological Studies degree is from Emory University, in Georgia. She also holds a Master’s of Theology degree as well as Bachelor’s in Theology from Methodist Theological University, Seoul, South Korea.
Sung is passionate about forming genuine disciples of Jesus Christ through whom God’s grace, love, and empathy are to be spread out to make difference in this world in tangible, spiritual, affective, and communal ways by engaging with the people who are underrepresented/marginalized.
Sung is married to Ted Rohe. They have a four-legged daughter, Mondu (dumpling in Korean), and live in Albuquerque. Her own experience as an immigrant motivated her and her husband to become advocates for immigrants and international students. For that, currently, Ted and Sung also run a business that helps Korean immigrants and Korean international students in higher education settings with their language and academic skills.