Letter to the Editor
Today on The Pursuit: Chaplain David Kim
David is a Commander with the US Navy and has served with Navy Seals and Marines in places like Kuwait, Afghanistan and the Pentagon. And he’s also my brother-in-law! Before joining the Navy, he went to an Ivy League college and had a successful career in business. But it was a letter to the editor that helped him choose his path.
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Richard Lee is a sought-after speaker on issues of justice and the Church, speaking at churches across the nation for the last 20 years. His TEDx talk “Slavery Still Exists. Here’s How to End It.” can be found on the TED.com website.
Richard works for International Justice Mission, training and equipping staff and survivors to carry the message of ending injustice to the global stage. He also serves as the Director of Advancement for the Asian America Christian Collaborative. Before joining IJM, Richard served 20 years in pastoral ministry at churches like Liquid Church and Bethany Well Church in New Jersey. In addition, he currently serves as an advisory board member for One Days Wages & pastoral faculty at Highrock Church in Boston. (All views expressed are his own.)
Richard received his degree in Mathematics from Columbia College (NYC) and his master’s of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Theresa and their two children.
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