Samuel Lee Ph.D. (ABD)

L.A. Site Director
Southern California Seminary
LA Campus


Samuel Lee is currently Director of Korean Behavioral Sciences for the LA Campus and professor. Lee grew up in Los Angeles, and understands the urban issues and struggles that affects individual, family, and spiritual life. He started his profession as a high school teacher and youth pastor. However, God used him in a unique way. For last ten years, he served in various sectors in the community: nonprofit/community-based organizations, community development, community education, social services, developmental disability, and mental health.

In 2008-2012, he served as a President & CEO of YNOT Foundation, a community development and social services organization that serves the community of Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles. During his time at the organization, two adult residential facilities were in operation for people with developmental disabilities, and  Mercy Counseling Services program was developed to serve teens to young adults to cope with their mental health issues. In 2012-2014, he founded and was appointed as a President & CEO of the Angeles Dream Foundation in Los Angeles, which serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Between 2002-2004 & 2006-2014, he served at Young Nak Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA, as an Associate Pastor. He also taught at several universities and seminaries, serving as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA), Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America (Santa Ana, CA), and various other schools. He is currently appointed as the Director of Behavioral Science (Korean Program) at Southern California Seminary.

He received a B.A. in English and M.A. in Education from Biola University (La Mirada, CA); Master in Education from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA). He is currently finishing Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University, and Doctor of Ministry from Azusa Pacific University.


  • B.A., English, Biola University
  • M.A., Education, School of Education, Biola University
  • M.Ed., TESOL, School of Education, Regent University
  • M.Div., Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University
  • D.Min. (ABD), Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University
  • Ph.D. (ABD), School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University
  • Psy.D. (in Progress), Graduate School of Behavioral Sciences, Southern California Seminary
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