The Reverend Christine Lee,
Priest in Charge
Christine came to St. Peter's in October of 2019 with a team of parishioners from All Angels' Church where she previously served as Vicar as part of a revitalization effort in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. In September 2012, she became the first Korean American woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Prior to that, she completed a year of Anglican studies at the General Theological Seminary and served on an interim basis at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
She spent time working as a community organizer for Habitat for Humanity NYC and served as a campus minister with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. Christine attended the Moody Bible Institute and received her Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, both in Chicago. She is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on leading organizational and congregational change. She lives in Harlem with her husband Jimmy Lee.
Interim Operations Manager
Having grown up in Indiana and Ohio, I still feel like a Midwesterner at heart (even though I’ve spent the last decade in Massachusetts, Egypt, Virginia, and New York). I began my career in a civic-education nonprofit in the Boston area, and then later moved to Egypt, where I lived and worked at a Coptic Orthodox spiritual retreat center in the desert. I have a MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, and most recently worked for L'Arche USA, supporting communities of adults with and without disabilities in the southeast US. I've spent the last few months trying to relearn Spanish, doing jigsaw puzzles, and daydreaming about all the neighborhood dogs that I'll finally get to pet once the virus lifts.
Michael’s day-job is as the Associate Professor of Theology and Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at the General Theological Seminary (down the block on 20th street). As a priest associate at St. Peter’s, he volunteers to support the ministry of the Church, chiefly by offering opportunities for faith formation and Christian education and through preaching and leading worship.
Licensed in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Milwaukee in December 2020. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Glasgow (’06) and a Master of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary (’02). He’s spent most of his career as a theological educator, leading programs to prepare future priests and pastors for ministry at institutions in the UK and the US.
Michael’s married to Julia, our amazing Children and Family ministries coordinator. Together, they live in the neighborhood with their two daughters, Naomi and Eliza, and their Norwich Terrier, Poppy.
When Michael’s not at Church or the Seminary, he’s probably riding his bike around Manhattan or enjoying some tasty treats at Chelsea Market!
In 1979 Troy studied Liberal Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he grew up. In 1983 he moved to California to study massage therapy, yoga, nutrition, and Eastern Philosophy. In 1985 after finishing massage school, he moved to New York City. He worked for the NYC Superintendents' Union (Local 32BJ) for ten years. Currently, Troy is an active member of the Art Students League where he studied full time. Presently Troy is working on a project of forty paintings he hopes to complete before the end of the year.
The Reverend Denise LaVetty, Deacon