The Reverend Christine Lee,
Priest in Charge
Christine was formerly Vicar at All Angels' Church on the Upper West Side. She is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on leading organizational and congregational change. 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 was formerly on staff at All Angels’ Church as the Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach. She 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 lives in Harlem with her husband Jimmy Lee.
For years Susan and I walked by St. Peter's, wondering what lay behind the red doors of this stone church that looked as if it had been plucked from the English countryside. But at that point, Sundays were defined by Little League baseball and soccer, so that's as far as the curiosity went.
Three years ago, however, I saw The New York Times article profiling St. Peter's restoration program and Fr. Stephen. As a historian, I was intrigued by the church's story, from its connection to Clement Clark Moore to its significant role in the life of the Chelsea neighborhood. Since our boys had finally outgrown Sunday sports, I felt it was time to find an Episcopal church and get involved. I thought a visit to St. Peter's might be in order, albeit after a couple of months of foot-dragging.
I attended my first service on October 2, 2016, with a bit of trepidation. Like many, I initially found St. Peter's method of "passing the peace" a bit jarring. But I received a warm welcome, enjoyed the service and coffee hour, and vowed to bring Susan back the following Sunday, especially given her personal connection to Fr. Stephen from her time as Parish Administrator at Church of the Epiphany. We've been here ever since.
St. Peter's has shepherded us through a great deal in the last two-plus years, from serious illness and moments of crisis to joyous days of worship and fellowship. And since joining the vestry last year, I've gotten involved in the parish in ways I could not have foreseen that first October Sunday.
As we get ready to start a new chapter in the life of St. Peter's this Fall, Susan and I look forward to new opportunities for worship, education, and service. In short, this parish is our church home and family, and we love everything that encompasses, from the members and clergy that hold St. Peter's together, to the very stones and mortar that bind the walls and anchor us in this community. -Brian Crowson
The Reverend Denise LaVetty, Deacon
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Alice Blount-Fenney, Director,
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