Kyuboem Lee, DMin

Assistant Professor of Missiology
Director of Doctor of Ministry Program

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Kyuboem Lee (BA Biblical & Theological Studies, Wheaton College; MDiv Urban Mission, DMin Urban Mission, Westminster Theological Seminary) was born in Seoul, South Korea, then spent his teenage years as a Missionary Kid in Nairobi, Kenya. He came to US as an international student, and has lived, church planted, and ministered cross culturally in Philadelphia since 1993. Kyu has taught urban mission at the graduate level since 2006, and has edited the Journal of Urban Mission since 2010. He has also coached church planters and re-missioning pastors with the V3 Movement since 2018, and is a Leading Voice contributor at Missio Alliance. Currently, he serves as DMin Program Director and Associate Professor of Missiology at Missio Seminary, and as Assistant Pastor at Renewal Presbyterian Church. Kyuboem is married to Christe and is the father of 2 sons, Amoz and Theo.

Director of DMin Program


BA, Wheaton College

MDiv, Urban Missions Emphasis, Westminster Theological Seminary

DMin, Urban Missions, Westminster Theological Seminary

Areas of Expertise

Urban Missions

Selected Publications

Publication Endorsement by
Frank A. James III, DPhil, PhD
President and Professor of Historical Theology

“Dr Kyuboem Lee, Associate Professor of Urban Mission,  has written a powerful essay on how every crisis carries with it an opportunity for renewal. As a Reformation historian, I see this in the historical and theological origins of Protestantism/Evangelicalism. Luther, Calvin and the Anabaptists, while disagreeing on significant theological creeds, they all agreed with the foundational principle of Ad Fontes—always reforming. Protestant Evangelicals have always understood that our faith is not static, but dynamic. True faith is always growing, deepening and becoming more insightful and more engaging. That is precisely why God sent his Holy Spirt. In the midst of a challenging, indeed overwhelming pandemic, Christians should be asking the good hard questions of ourselves, our churches, and our cultural moment. Dr. Lee is reminding us of the on-going importance of Ad Fontes—always reforming.”

Review: Planting Churches in the 21st Century,” Journal of Urban Mission 2, no. 1 (March 2011).

“Repentance and Bonding Dynamics within Cross-Cultured Church Planting Teams,” Globalization and Its Effects on Urban Ministry in the 21st Century. Ed. Susan S. Baker (William Carey Library, 2009), pp. 193-211.

Posts from Kyuboem Lee

Journal of Urban Mission 7:1

Volume 7 Issue 1 is dedicated to the theme of #churchtoo. Abuse of power and leadership failures may be nothing new in churches, but that doesn’t take away from its horror or devastation.

Webinar Recording: African Americans and Asians Together

This recorded webinar explores how the two branches of the church can speak the truth in love for the sake of a common work of shalom in the US today.

Webinar Recording: Becoming an Authentic Ally

This recorded webinar explores a critical issue at the heart of what it means for us to be one body in Christ at this time in our history.

Journal of Urban Mission 6:1

Welcome to volume 6, issue 1 of the Journal of Urban Mission, which takes an honest look at the American system of justice.

Journal of Urban Mission 5:1

Welcome to volume 5, issue 1 of the Journal of Urban Mission, which finds a new institutional home here at Missio Seminary.

Can Christians Call God Allah?

Can Christians Call God Allah?

“[Christians and Muslims] worship the same God.”
These words on a Facebook post by a Wheaton College professor, Larycia Hawkins, whose principal aim appears to have been a demonstration of solidarity with Muslims (by wearing a hijab during Advent) at a time when Muslims are increasingly being demonized in the US, have caused much uproar whose ripples have reached far outside the relatively small world of North American evangelicalism (see the latest issue of Time).