Meet the Staff & Elders: David Lee

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school and what did you study? Share a little about your family. Where do you currently work and in what role?

I immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea when I was four years old with my extended family (i.e. mom, dad, two older sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents). I grew up in downtown Los Angeles. I went to college in San Diego and studied Economics. I immediately went to Fuller Theological Seminary after college where I received my Master of Divinity. I am currently on staff at Trinity as the Executive Pastor.

How/When did Jesus change your life?

I grew up in the church attending Sunday school every week. I had heard the gospel preached many times during my childhood and was very familiar with the Bible stories. But it was not until I was eleven years old that I finally realized I needed a Savior from my own sin. At a church retreat during the last sermon, I felt the crushing weight of my own sin falling down on me and realized my only way out was confessing my sin and calling on Jesus to save me. This experience set me on a journey to understand more deeply what it meant to be called by God to be his son, not by performing more good works, but trusting in the merits of Jesus’ perfect and righteous life as my own.

How/When did you come to Trinity?

I moved to West Seattle in the middle of 2013 to take a staff position at Mars Hill West Seattle which later became Trinity.

What ministries are you involved in at Trinity? Why do you serve in those ministries?

I am on staff as the Executive Pastor and oversee the operations, finances, facilities, and supporting ministry teams. I serve in these ministries because I get to intersect with so many people who have amazing stories of God’s grace.

What evidences of God’s grace have you seen in your life and at Trinity this past year?

God has blessed our family with a baby girl (Karis) that has changed our family dynamics forever. We have two older boys, twelve and ten years old. We are enjoying the bundle of joy and laughter Karis brings to our family of five now. God has reminded me again in raising another baby how patient, loving and gracious He is toward his children. Just as a baby can’t really do anything for you to love her more, I am reminded that there isn’t anything we can perform or give to God to earn more of his love. It’s been a sweet reminder that God initiates love towards us before we do anything.

What are some of your favorite things?

Since moving to Seattle, I started to enjoy watching football and getting into the Seahawks. I’ve always loved playing and watching basketball.

How are you hoping to grow and mature as a discipleship of Jesus this coming year?

I am hoping to spend more quality time in prayer with Jesus.