Michael Hakmin Lee, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor & Research Fellow, Billy Graham Center
Michael Hakmin Lee is Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism & Leadership and Research Fellow at the Billy Graham Center. Michael was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated with his family to the U.S., eventually settling in Houston, Texas. Michael became very involved in campus ministries during his junior and senior years of college at the University of Texas at Austin and sensed God’s calling to vocational Christian ministry during a mission trip in his final year.
So, after graduating (BA Biochemistry), Michael returned home to Houston, where he worked as a full-time school teacher, planting and leading a youth ministry as a bi-vocational minister while taking courses through Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Michael continued to serve in pastoral ministries after relocating to Dallas to complete his seminary training four years later.
He eventually earned his Th.M. in Systematic Theology and Intercultural Studies from DTS and became an ordained minister at Asian American Baptist Church. Michael and his family moved to Illinois to pursue a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, which he completed in 2015. 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, having presented papers in the areas of the theology/philosophy of religions, race and ethnicity, and religious mobility; he has written journal articles and reviews for Trinity Journal, Missiology, EMQ, and Choral Journal. In addition to teaching at Wheaton College, Michael has also served as an adjunct at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University, and Lincoln Christian University.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., Intercultural Studies
Dallas Theological Seminary
Th.M., Systematic Theology
University of Texas at Austin
- Intercultural Studies
- Religious Conversion and Deconversion
- Race and Ethnicity
- Theology of Religions
Doubt Is Not Unbelief: Evangelicals and the Stigma of Doubt
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...
Are You a Trustworthy Person? [Gospel Life Podcast]
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...
Understanding Worldview and the Flag
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.”...
Race and Ethnicity
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...
Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up
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...
Why are racial constructs so resilient in the USA? This article proposes that the resilience of pernicious racial constructs in the Western world can be explained in part by people’s predilection for the bounded-set race schema and that any constructive attempt at addressing racism should acknowledge the reality that people are intrinsically category-makers. Part of the solution then involves encouraging greater awareness of category-building strategies, aided and informed by positive intergroup contact and experiences. view more