K. Samuel Lee

Edna & Lowell Craig Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, & Counseling

Dr. Lee is a practical/pastoral theologian who brings his pastoral experience and clinical expertise to his teaching. As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a licensed psychologist, he is interested in the intersection of psychology and religion/spirituality as it pertains to pastoral practice and congregational life. His research interests include clinical and pastoral practice in multicultural contexts and the use of empirical methods in practical theology.

Lee is the Executive Director of The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy. He previously taught pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling at Yale University Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary. He served as President of the Society for Pastoral Theology, and provided the leadership for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education to develop multicultural competencies standards.


B.A. – Westmar College

M.Div. – Yale University

Ph.D. – Arizona State University

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship – Claremont University Consortium

Recent Publications / Achievements

Lee, K.S., Sharp, M. M., & Sheppard, P. I. (2018). “Empowering Activist Pedagogies in Pastoral Theology: Accountability and Transformative Possibilities,” JPT, 27(3).

Lee, K. S. & M. M. Sharp. (2017). “Pastoral Theology’s Ever-Expanding Boundaries: Narrating the Pasts and Futures of a Field (Editorial),” with Melinda McGarrah Sharp, JPT, 27(2), 1-3.

Lee, K. S. (2017). “Changing the Margins: Mentoring and Research in the 21st Century,” with Lee Butler, JPT, 27(2).

Lee, K. S. (5/11/2017). “In Memoriam: The Rev. Tongho Kim,” Christian Weekly. Los Angeles, CA.

Lee, K. S. (Apr/May/June 2017). “Season of Significant Losses,” (Invited Guest Column) Somang Society Quarterly Journal, No. 18. [In Korean]

Lee, K. S. (2017). “Postcolonial theology and Korean international missionary work (Part I),” (Invited Guest Column) Hope5L2F, Vol. 3(2). [In Korean]

Lee, K. S. (2017). “Postcolonial Theology and Korean international missionary work (Part II),” (Invited Guest Column) Hope5L2F, Vol. 3(3). [In Korean]

Lee, K. S. (2017). “Christian responsibility for Interreligious Conflict.” Leadership Is Discipleship. Nashville, TN: Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. [in Korean]

Lee, K. S. (2016). “Practical theology of race and gender.” Leadership Is Discipleship (A special issue on Politics and Religion). Nashville, TN: Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church, 97-106.

Lee, K. S. & Butler, L. (2015). (Co-Editors). Journal of Pastoral Theology. 25(1) (March 2015). Special issue on Marriage and Family in Context.

Lee, K. S. & Butler, L. (2015) (Co-Editors). “Marriage and family in context,” Journal of Pastoral Theology. 25(1) (March 2015), pp. 2-5.