Yeonseung Lee

PICT1693As a visiting professor at Seoul Theological University and lecturer at Pyongtaek University, Hanse University, Torch Trinity Graduate University, America Evangelical University, and Haiti Institute for Mission Seminary, Yeonseung Lee has taught in diverse academic contexts varied church history courses: Historiography of Korean Christianity; Historical Theology; Church History Survey; Asian Church History; American Church History; Christianity and the Western Art History. While teaching, she has contributed essays and reviews to academic journals as well as at the Korean Association for Evangelical Theologies, Korea Church History Society, and International Conferences at Seoul Theological University in addition to her prior presentations in the Yale-Edinburgh Meeting, annual meetings of the American Society of Missiology, Association for Asian Studies, and American Society of Church History.

An ordained minister as well as a former missionary of the Korean Evangelical Holiness Church to Russia, she has endeavored to build Christian bridges between the U. S. and other parts of the world through launching short term missions to Indonesia, Bolivia, and Haiti, and inviting foreign missionaries to mission seminars and organizing world mission conferences at immigrant churches in Boston. Insights from her ministries and practices of mission have enriched her research interest in the intersection of Korean Christianity, Euro-American Christian movements, and the transnational evangelicalism from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Her research interests are extended as well to include ethnic studies, women’s studies, trans-Pacific Christian movements, Christian Youth Movements, Methodism, the Radical Holiness Movement, Pentecostalism, and world Christianity.  An important channel for academic exchanges between the East and the West, she believes, is a journal, World Christianity and the Fourfold Gospel, published by Seoul Theological University in partnership with scholars in the world. She was instrumental in launching the journal and has served as its managing editor.

While benefitting in full gratitude from the privilege of a Visiting Researcher at the Center of Global Christianity and Mission, Boston University, she is currently grappling with her ongoing research on the role of Christianity in the reconstruction of the Korean state during the post-colonial period and the research on the historical theology in Asian Christianity and its international relations during the colonial period. Another task for completion in labor is her book project on the YMCA and Yun Ch’i-ho in Colonial Korea intertwined with themes of cultural nationalism, modernization, and internationalism. The author of Korean national hymn, tainted by the ignominy of collaboration, Yun, juxtaposed with the international mission organization, poses a significant challenge of constructing a church history in the intersection of national history, mission history, and international politics.