K. Samuel Lee

Edna & Lowell Craig Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, & Counseling
VP for International Relations

K. Samuel 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.  He is an official trainer of the ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy certification program.

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.

Email: slee@cst.edu


BA, Westmar College
MDiv, Yale University
PhD, Arizona State University


Lee, K.S. (with Danjuma Gibson). (Eds.). (2023). Justice Matters: Spiritual Care and Pastoral Theological Imaginations in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. London: Routledge.
Lee, K.S. (Trans.). (Summer 2022). Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Training Manual. Atlanta, Georgia: Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Lee, K.S. (with Danjuma Gibson) (2021). “Caring Over Troubled Waters: Creative and Critical Pastoral Theological Imaginations in the 21st Century,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 31(1), pp. 1-3.
Lee, K.S. (with Danjuma Gibson) (2020). “Pastoral Theological Imagination in Times of Social Unrest: Speaking for Freedom,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 30(3), pp. 157-159.
Lee, K.S. (with Danjuma Gibson) (2020). “Changing Face of Pastoral Theology,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 30(2), pp. 83-85.
Lee, K.S. (with Danjuma Gibson) (2020). “Caring for Souls and Polis in the Age of Terror,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 30(1), pp. 1-2.
Lee, K.S. (with Danjuma Gibson) (2019). “Founders and Shapers of Pastoral Theology,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 29(3), pp. 143-144.
Lee, K.S. (with Melinda McGarrah Sharp) (2019). “Pastoral theology that resists cultural scripts of single stories,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 29(2), pp. 63-66.
Lee, K.S. (with Melinda McGarrah Sharp) (2019). “Awakening forms and transformations of activist pastoral theology,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 29(1), pp. 1-5.
Lee, K.S. (2018). “Pastoral Counseling with Disabled Persons in Korean Contexts,” in Theological Implications for Disability Ministry (Seoul, Korea: Segye Milal), 231-256.
Lee, K.S. (with Melinda McGarrah Sharp) (2018). “Interrogating identities, histories, and cultures: Intersectional pastoral theology and care),” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 28(3), pp. 133-138.
Lee, K.S. (with Melinda McGarrah Sharp) (2018). “Introduction (to a special Catholic Pastoral Theologies Issue),” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 28(2), p. 55.
Lee, K.S. (with Melinda McGarrah Sharp) (2018). “Spheres of Prophetic Pastoral Theology: Healing Ecologies of Selves, Systems, and World,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 28(1), p. 1-4.
Lee, K.S. (2017). “Pastoral Theology’s Ever-Expanding Boundaries: Narrating the Pasts and Futures of a Field (Editorial),” with Melinda McGarrah Sharp, Journal of Pastoral Theology, 27(2), 71-73.
Lee, K.S. (2017). “Changing the Margins: Mentoring and Research in the 21st Century,” with Lee Butler, Journal of Pastoral Theology, 27(2), pp.
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]
A great theological education dismantles everything you assumed to be “right” and helps you rebuild with true understanding. My CST experience was life-altering. I am changed and on fire to transform the world.
Abigail Clauhs '17