Timothy S. Lee

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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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


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


  • 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


  • 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)

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • Wrote the “Introduction” and guest-edited 7 articles in April 2013 (4:1) issue of the Journal of Korean Religions, entitled “Interpreting Christian Missionary Experiences in Korea”
  • ‘‘Japan and Korea for Christ and His Church: The Unexpected Success and Demise of the Yotsuya/William D. Cunningham Mission, a Mission of the Stone-Campbell Movement,” Journal of Korean Religions (April 2013)
  • Sections on East Asia and Asian-America in A World History of the Stone-Campbell Movement, ed. D. Newell Williams, Doug Foster, and Paul Blowers (St. Louis: Chalice Press & Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 2013)
  • “East Asia: Evangelicalism and the March First Independence Movement in Korea,” in Introducing World Christianity, edited by Charles Farhadian (West Sussex, UK: Wiley–Blackwell, 2012)
  • “In View of Existing Conditions: A Brief History of the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples, 1891–2010 (from the Margins to the Mainstream),” Disciplinana (Spring 2012)
  • “From the Coercive to the Liberative: Asian and Latino Immigrants and Christianity in the United States,” in American Christianities, ed. W. Clark Gilpin and Catherine Brekus (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 2011).
  • “A Crucial Factor in Evangelicalism’s Success in (South) Korea: Coalescence with Nationalism and Anticommunism,” Religion Compass (11 May 2011)
  • “What Should Christians Do about a Shaman-Progenitor?: Evangelicals and Ethnic Nationalism in South Korea,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (March 2009)


  • “복음주의 크리스천들과 단군민족주의” (Evangelicals and Tan’gun Nationalism in Korea), presented in Korean at the Center for the Study of Korean Christianity at Chicago Theological Seminary (November 2012)
  • “Han Kyung Chik and 20th Century Korean Evangelicalism” (Power Point), at Brite Faculty Colloquy (November 2011)
  • Presentations on Born Again: Evangelicalism in Korea: at American Academy of Religions, Korean Religions Group (November 2010, Atlanta, GA); at Korean Studies Workshop at the University of Illinois, Urbana (February 2011); at Korean Studies and Religious Studies Lecture at Arizona State University (March 2011)
  • “The Stone-Campbell Movement in China,” Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, October 2010, Indianapolis, IN
  • The Stone-Campbell Missions and Their Fruits in Korea,” at a symposium on Interpreting Christian Missionary Experiences in Korea,” held at Brite Divinity School in March 2010

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