This is a place for me to share and document personal interests such as music, technology, and other writing. Please enjoy; I love to receive comments and hear back from you! And if there is something you'd like me to record or a tech question, please let me know! For more of an overview, see the "Who Am I?" and "Ministry Passions" tabs above.

Experience (archived page)

Pastoral Ministry
  • Pastor/Head of Staff, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, 2002-ongoing
  • Associate Pastor for Youth and Missions, First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir, NC, 1996-2002
Equipping Ministries to the Wider Church 
  • Montreat Wee Kirk Conference - worship leader, musician, seminar leader, 2003-2011
  • - creator, webmaster, 2010-ongoing
Governing Body Work - Presbytery of Charlotte
  • Moderator of Council, 2012
  • Vice-Moderator of Council, 2011
  • Moderator of Presbytery, 2009
  • Member and Writer, Ad Hoc Committee on Reconciliation/Dismissal Policy, 2008-2009
  • Commissioner to the 218th General Assembly, 2008
  • Chair, Ecclesiastical Affairs/Bills and Overtures, 2003-2008
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), D.Min. (theology, worship), 2001-2008
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1994-1996
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.Div. coursework, 1992-1994
  • Davidson College, A.B., 1990

    Vice-Moderator Candidate

    It is my joy to announce the Rev. Dr. Hope Italiano Lee as vice-moderator candidate to stand with me at the 220th General Assembly of the PC(USA) this summer in Pittsburgh.  When I began looking for a vice-moderator candidate, I looked for someone with a proven record of biblical teaching, leadership, vision, and compassion.  Searching widely for these qualities, I was pleased to meet Hope last fall and find a gifted woman with a love for Jesus Christ, her family, her congregation, and her wider community.  She is a gifted preacher and leader, has a heart for Christian witness and compassion in her congregation and community, and a particular passion for ministry with immigrant families and individuals.  I invite you to discover more about her by clicking the Vice-Mod tab.  We look forward to standing and serving the Church together, however God may call.

    Vice-Mod (archived page)

    Hope Italiano Lee
    All About Hope
    “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it holds the power of salvation for all who believe!” ~Romans 1:16

    I am a fourth generation Presbyterian, married to a fifth generation Presbyterian immigrant, and the mom to two sixth generation Presbyterians! I grew up in a small rural congregation in the Presbytery of Baltimore, went to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, Princeton and Columbia seminaries, and hold a D.Min in homiletics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Currently, I am the lead pastor of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, FL (the retirement capital of the country)and a member of Peace River Presbytery. Previously I served congregations on Amelia Island, FL and in King of Prussia, PA. Before ordination, I worked in youth ministry and camp and conference ministry in several different settings.

    The Lee Family
    My husband, Sung Ho, is also an ordained PC(USA) pastor and serves as a chaplain here in Bradenton and also is on staff at Kirkwood. Our children are 7 and 3 and although we don’t have any pets, we do have a croatan plant in our front yard that we have successfully managed to keep alive for almost a year now! Our family is very big on the outdoors and loves camping, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and hiking. This summer we celebrate our 15th straight summer of leading youth mission trips and conferences!

    Just a Few Ministry Passions

    On Preaching...  
    "There really has never been a better time to be the church!  In a world where just about everything is fleeting and temporary, it is exciting to me to be able to share and give people the Word of Life which is eternal."
    On Redevelopment...
    "In recent years, God has put a clear vision on my heart for the work of redevelopment. What an opportunity to bring a fresh breath of the Spirit to congregations who have felt forgotten and abandoned. What a joy to invest in the rich history of the church, bear a deep love for the people who have spent their lives in a congregation and who have a story to share, and extend grace, patience, and creativity to navigate such congregations into a renewed sense of purpose, value, and call!"
    On Migrant Farmworker Ministry
    "Although I am a child of the church, it was not until my early college years when God led me to Mision Beth-El, a farmworker ministry in Wimauma, FL, that I truly encountered and developed a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. My time spent on the staff of the mission transformed my understanding of grace, mercy, and compassion and brought into significant clarity what a hands-on approach to active engagement in social justice looks like as a person of faith.  I am thrilled to have accepted a call in Peace River Presbytery, where I now serve on the Board of Directors for Mision Beth-El."
    Kirkwood Summer Soccer Camp at Mision Beth-El

    Pastor Hope and some of the Kirkwood
    kids at the all-church mission at Habitat
    On Being the Church...
    "There are wonderful moments that every congregation, regardless of size or location, can discover when they look at their neighborhood, their immediate community, and the world right outside their window and realize that they weren’t meant to be just a building, but the church…..and the church has nothing to do with even having a building. God has given us everything we need to be successful in ministry."
    One of several trips with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to the Gulf Coast

    Articles (archived page)

    Archive of Moderator-Related Articles, Interviews, and Responses Posted Online
    (topics covered listed beneath each link; note: in some cases, the other candidates answered different questions)

    06-29-12 "The Rev. Robert Austell of Charlotte Hopes for the Presbyterian's Top Job" - The Charlotte Observer; good overview of candidate's local work and perspective on the denomination

    06-27-12  "Candidates for Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the PC(USA)" - The GA Junkie (Steve Salyards); analysis and commentary on the moderator candidate landscape and the candidate's booklet; includes "Wordle's" to highlight important themes and emphases of the candidates.

    06-18-12  "Pastor Leads on National Stage" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune article on vice-mod candidate, Hope Lee

    06-03-12  Bruce Reyes-Chow Patheos Interview - 5 questions   (RB*SK*NP)
    • sense of call
    • why bother going to church?
    • one key issue coming to General Assembly
    • personal interests
    • marriage and civil union
    05-26-12  Presbyterian Outlook Interview - 4 questions   (RB*SK*NP)
    • most significant matter
    • causes of conflict
    • most urgent need
    • moderatorial goals
    04-16-12  Moderator Candidates' Booklet (pdf) - bio + five questions
    • presbytery endorsement, biographical, sense of call, ministry passions, experience
    • possibilities and challenges in the 21st century church
    • mid-council commission report
    • 1001 new worshiping communities and racial/ethnic/multicultural goals (and this)
    • unity within and beyond the PCUSA
    • new directions for the development of faithful leadership for the mission of Christ