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Michael Hakmin Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ministry Leadership
Guest Instructor for Christian Formation and Ministry
Director of M.A. in Evangelism & Leadership
M.A. in Missional Church Movements
M.A. in Ministry Leadership

Rev. Dr. Michael Hakmin Lee is Associate Professor of Ministry & Leadership and Program Director of three M.A. programs (M.A. Evangelism & Leadership, M.A. Ministry Leadership, M.A. Missional Church Movements). 

Michael was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated with his family to the U.S. During his studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Michael sensed God’s calling to vocational Christian ministry as he neared graduation. So, after graduating with a degree in biochemistry, Michael returned to Houston, where he worked as a full-time school teacher, planting and leading a youth ministry as a bi-vocational minister while pursuing seminary training. An ordained minister, Michael continued to serve in pastoral ministries during and after completing his Th.M. in Systematic Theology and Intercultural Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He earned a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has taught at several schools prior to coming to Wheaton College. He wrote his dissertation on Christian deconversion, specifically exploring the experiences of former evangelical missionaries and pastors who have abandoned the Christian faith.

Michael has been an active participant in several missiological societies, and currently serves as the VP of Finance for the Evangelical Missiological Society. As a missiologist focused on salient contemporary challenges to Christian discipleship and gospel witness, he has presented and published papers on a wide range of issues including religious pluralism, race and ethnicity, social impact of technology, Christian ecumenism, and deconversion. Michael also currently serves in his community as an elder in a local church, a USA Judo certified judo instructor, and as a baseball coach.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., Intercultural Studies

Dallas Theological Seminary
Th.M., Systematic Theology

University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Biochemistry

  • Missiology
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Religious Conversion and Deconversion
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Theology of Religions

WYLL Chicago, The Common Good. April 15, 2021.

Doubt Is Not Unbelief: Evangelicals and the Stigma of Doubt
Christianity Today

The commitment of American evangelicals towards gospel propagation is evident from their dominant presence in Protestant mission (vast majority of U.S. based Protestant missionaries are evangelicals) and in the identities of their greatest heroes like Billy Graham...

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Are You a Trustworthy Person? [Gospel Life Podcast]
Christianity Today

Today, Michael Hakmin Lee, Research Fellow at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about trustworthy people and the credibility of others. Who you trust, and why? What does it mean to trust someone? How does this relate to our gospel witness. As you consider your own trustworthiness, would you say it hinders or helps others to be drawn to Christ? We must cultivate trust in others so that Christ will be elevated. Think of one way you can make a deposit in someone’s trust bank this week...

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Understanding Worldview and the Flag
Christianity Today

Following the widespread NFL protests last Sunday, Ed wrote a thoughtful post in which he expressed that he found “such protests disrespectful” and questioned whether the playing of the national anthem was a proper time to protest. Not stating explicitly whether or not the protests were disrespectful, John countered that “during the anthem is the right time and place for such demonstrations.”...

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Race and Ethnicity
Christianity Today

In my previous post, I offered some reflections on the racist incidences at Fenway Park. In this follow-up post, I will attempt to explain why I believe the local church is an ideal context in which to pursue racial reconciliation...

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Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up
Christianity Today

Racial and ethnic diversity among Major League Baseball (MLB) players has grown significantly since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. This past season, a record 259 players (or 29.8%) on the 2017 Opening Day active and inactive rosters for all 30 teams (total 868 players) were born outside of the U.S. (50 states), mostly notably from Latin America. In the 70 years since Jackie Robinson paved the way for minority players, the demographics of MLB rosters have changed drastically but, apparently, discrimination against African-Americans players persists...

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Lee, Michael Hakmin. 2023 (Forthcoming). “So That the World Will Know: Reflections on an Evangelical Theology of Christian Others and the Missiological Priority of Christian Unity.” Evangelical Missiological Society, EMS Monograph Series no. 31. Pasadena, CA: William Carey.

Lee, Michael Hakmin. 2022. “The Medium Is the Message: Reflections on Disciple-Making In the Age of Social Media.” In Communication(s) in Mission: Opportunities and Challenges of Communicating God’s Mission edited by Marcus Dean, A. Scott Moreau, A. Sue Russell, and Rochelle Scheuermann. Evangelical Missiological Society, EMS Monograph Series no. 30. Pasadena, CA: William Carey.

Lee, Michael Hakmin. 2017. Worship Style and Congregational Growth. Choral Journal 58 (4): 61-65. 

Lee, Michael Hakmin. 2016. Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Resilience of Racial Constructs. Missiology 44 (2): 194-206. 

Lee, Michael Hakmin. 2014. Theology of Religions and the Intuitive Dimension: How Do We Construct and Perceive God’s Fairness. Missiology 42 (2): 139-151.

Lee, Michael Hakmin. 2012. Faith, Reason, and Christian Witness in a Pluralistic World: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Epistemology of Religious Disagreement. Missiology 40 (1): 63-75.

Yoder, Mike, Michael H. Lee, John Ro, and Robert Priest. 2009. Understanding Christian Identity in Terms of Bounded and Centered Set Theory in the Writings of Paul G. Hiebert. Trinity Journal 30 (2): 177-188.