I am very excited to introduce our new associate pastor Rahel. She brings experience, energy and passion to DPUMC. Rahel will begin her ministry here at DPUMC in July.
Currently, Rahel is living in Santa Barbara, California with her husband and their 5 year old foster son whom they are in the process of adopting. In many ways, this is a homecoming as Rev. Lee-Yoo lived many of her formative years growing up in Northeast Texas. She completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She brings over 15 years worth of experience working in various non-profits and churches, and as a deacon, she feels strongly called to serve the marginalized among us. Rev. Lee-Yoo, along with her family are excited to be moving to Texas, and look forward to serving alongside you as your newest Associate Pastor.
From an early age, she swore she would never marry a pastor, and the thought of herself being one was not even a conceivable idea. Therefore, she learned from an early age to never swear.
She received her M.Div. at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC where she met her husband, Joseph, who is an ordained elder and will be appointed as an Associate Pastor at First UMC of Pearland starting July.
So not only is Rev. Lee-Yoo a pastor, but her husband is also a pastor. Not only that, her father is a retired Methodist pastor, her father-in-law is a current Elder Methodist pastor in the California-Pacific conference. And if that’s not enough, there are about a dozen pastors spanning her husband’s extended family and about a dozen more in hers, totaling more than 20 clergy in her whole family. Normalcy would never be an option for her.
Rev. Rahel Lee-Yoo is a commissioned Deacon of the United Methodist Church where she is currently serving her appointment as the Pastor of Care and Discipleship at University United Methodist Church in Isla Vista, California.