K. Samuel Lee

Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care and Counseling; Director of the Clinebell Institute

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The Clinebell Institute

K. Samuel Lee is Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling and Executive Director of The Clinebell Institute at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. He also directs the Practical Theology D.Min. in Korean Contexts. He is an ordained Elder and Full Member of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Born in Korea, he came to the USA as an immigrant at the age of 16. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. He previously taught pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling at Yale University Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary. He served as President of the Society for Pastoral Theology, and provided the leadership for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education to develop multicultural competencies standards.

His most recent publications include: Lee, K. S. (2014). Asian American pastoral counseling. Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (2nd ed.); Lee, K. S. (2013). Pastoral counseling perspective on homosexuality in Korean church communities. Available at queerkoreans.org.


B.A. - Westmar College
M.Div. - Yale University
Ph.D. - Arizona State University

Recent Publications / Achievements

“Much Depends on the Kitchen: Pastoral Practice in Multicultural Society,” in Kathleen Greider, Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, and Felicity Brock Kelcourse (Eds.), Healing Wisdom: Depth Psychology and the Pastoral Ministry (2010)

“Engaging Difference in Pastoral Theology: Race and Ethnicity,” Journal of Pastoral Theology (2009)