Sungmoon (聖文, which means “the sacred word, the Bible”) Lee is from Seoul, Korea. As the son of a Methodist pastor and a music teacher, Sungmoon grew up caring for children and playing music in the church. He played the Korean traditional percussions (Samulnori) for 8 years and taught children and youth at a community center. Sungmoon graduated from Methodist Theological University (MTU) in Seoul, Korea. During his time at MTU, Sungmoon served children, youth, and young adult ministries at several churches in Korea. He worked as a founding member of Chrysalis (Young adult version of Walk to Emmaus) in Seoul. His two-year mandatory military service in Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) allowed him to complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at E-hwa Woman’s University Medical Center in 2012.

Sungmoon came to Dallas in 2013 to study at Perkins School of Theology, where he is pursuing his Master of Divinity degree; he will graduate this coming May. In the DFW area, Sungmoon has served in youth ministry at Immanuel Korean UMC and in children’s ministry at Northgate UMC where he completed his internship for seminary. Sungmoon is currently working as a Residential Community Chaplain at SMU, and living in Bonhoeffer House, an intentional Christian community serving homeless friends around the neighborhood. He is pursuing ordination as an Elder in North Texas Conference. Sungmoon loves coffee, traveling, taking pictures, and playing the guitar.