Peter T. Lee, PhD

Associate Director, Korea DMin
Affiliate Professor of Intercultural Studies

Faculty Since 2020


BS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Intercultural Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


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Dr. Peter Lee is a missiologist whose life mission is to equip the body of Christ for participating in God’s mission in the world through his research and teaching. He has over two decades of ministry experiences in multicultural and intercultural contexts around the world. In addition to his international mission experiences, he brings his missiological research skills, holistic view of Christian ministry, and strategic thinking to his faculty role at Trinity.

Dr. Lee has worked with Operation Mobilization (OM) since 1997. He currently serves with OM as a missiological researcher, sharing his time between Trinity and OM. After serving as a pastor in immigrant churches in the Los Angeles area for six years, he worked for ten years in North Africa, during which he lived out a life of witness to Christ among Muslims, led a multinational ministry team, and trained international business and development workers in cultural adaptation and intercultural skills. He coached and mentored numerous mission workers and expatriate professionals during that time.

He was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the U. S. as a teenager. He sensed God’s calling to cross-cultural missions when he attended Urbana Mission Conference as a college senior, which entirely altered his life and career path. He studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate and worked as an engineer in petrochemical plant construction projects in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has lived in four countries, traveled to dozens in five continents, and regularly collaborates with Christian workers around the world through his work in mission research.
Dr. Lee’s research and teaching interests include intercultural social relations, multicultural ministries, studies of cultural globalization, social scientific research methods, international migration, Christians and Muslims in the diaspora, gender and same-sex sexuality issues in Christian mission, Asian American Christianity, Christianity in Korea, and social changes in the Muslim world.
He is married and has two sons in college and a daughter in high school. He currently lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois.


Selected Publications

Lee, Peter T. Forthcoming in 2022. Hybridizing Mission: Intercultural Social Dynamics among Christian Workers on Multicultural Teams in North Africa. American Society of Missiology Monograph Series. Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

Lee, Peter T. Forthcoming in 2022. “Cultural Hybridity as an Analytic Lens for Missiological Research.” Missiology.

Lee, Peter T. Forthcoming in 2021. “Practicing Diasporic Habitus: Asian Americans in International Missions.” In Reflections of Asian Diaspora: Mapping Theologies and Ministries, edited by Sam George. Vol. 3. Asian Diaspora Christianity. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Tong, Joy K. C., Samuel Kang, Peter Lee, and Hyo-Seok Lim. 2021. “When Two Worlds Collide: Asian Christian LGBTQs Coming Out to Parents.” In Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society, edited by Jayeel Cornelio, François Gauthier, Tuomas Martikainen, and Linda Woodhead, 155–65. Routledge International Handbooks. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Lee, Peter Taehoon. 2020. “Toward a Third Space of Cultures: Hybridity and Multiethnic Leadership in Christian Mission.” In A Hybrid World: Diaspora, Hybridity, and Missio Dei, edited by Sadiri Joy Tira and Juliet Lee Uytanlet, 217–31. Littleton, CO: William Carey Publishing.

Lee, Peter T., and Godfrey Harold. 2019. “Potential or Threat?: Adopting Cultural Hybridity as a Concept for Diaspora Missiology.” The South African Baptist Journal of Theology 28: 2–14.

Lee, Peter T., and James Sung-Hwan Park. 2018. “Beyond People Group Thinking: A Critical Reevaluation of Unreached People Groups.” Missiology 46 (3): 212–25.

Lee, Peter T. 2017. “Sungyohakjuk Teulgwa Muslim Jiyuk Sungyo Yungu 선교학적 틀과 무슬림지역 선교연구 Missiological Framework and Mission Research in the Muslim World.” 전방개척선교 (Korean Journal of Frontier Missions) 70 (5+6): 6–24.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Society of Missiology
  • Evangelical Missiological Society
  • International Association for Mission Studies
  • Midwest Mission Studies Fellowship


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