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Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander Church Studies

Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander Church Studies

The Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander Church Studies Program (AAPICS) provides resources for Brite students to learn about the history, culture, and theology of Asian and Asian-American Christianity. This is done through regularly offered courses on the subjects and lectures offered by visiting scholars and church leaders in Asian/Asian-American communities. The program also serves as a center for promoting Asian/Asian-American theological studies and training leaders for Asian-American churches (especially those affiliated with the Christian Church [Disciples of Christ]).Past AAPICS Events

Spring 2021 AAPICS Faculty Colloquy

Timothy S. Lee

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity


Phone: 817-257-5654


Tim Lee has a wide-ranging interest in the history of Christianity, particularly in Asia and Asian-America. He teaches introductory courses in Christian History and more specialized ones in Asian/Asian-American Christian History. His current research focuses on the history of Christianity in Korea, a topic about which he has published a number of works, including a book and a coedited volume. He also directs Brite’s Asian / Asian American and Pacific Islander Church Studies Program. Before coming to Brite in 2002, he had taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California at Los Angeles. Tim serves as co chair of the Korean Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Tim has served as moderator of North American Pacific Asian Disciples.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1996

  • C.M.S., University of Chicago, 1996

  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1986

  • B.A., University of Illinois (Urbana), 1983

Courses Taught:

  • Evanglicalism

  • History of Christianity I, Early and Medieval

  • History of Christianity II, Reformation and Modern

  • The Church in the Midst of Pluralism - Christianity in Asian-American Communities

  • The Church in the Midst of Pluralism - History of Christianity in East Asia

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy or Religion

  • American Historical Society

  • American Society of Church History

  • Association for Asian Studies

  • Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion (elected membership)

  • International Society for Korean Studies 

Select Publications:

  • Born Again: Evangelicalism in Korea (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2010)

  • Christianity in Korea co-edited with Robert E. Buswell Jr. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006)