Lee began in pastoral ministry in 1998 as a youth pastor in South Bend, IN. Shortly after getting married, God began to stir in his heart the idea of church planting. In 2004, Lee took a job as an associate pastor at Red Mountain Community Church (a large church in the Phoenix Metro area) that shared his heart and vision to plant more healthy churches. After serving five years on staff, it was time to fulfill this vision; Lee and his wife, along with a small group of risk takers from Red Mountain, launched Harvest Community Church.
With a strong foundation from Red Mountain and Converge’s Vision Arizona church planting network, Harvest opened its doors for the first time on August 23, 2009, in a Mesa movie theater with 356 people in attendance. Over the next five years, Lee led Harvest through two local moves, the acquisition of land and a building, and to over 1000 people in attendance. During this season, Lee and Harvest were significant players in the Vision Arizona church planting network where Lee served on the leadership team, as God continued to fan the flame of his passion for church planting. While leading Harvest, Lee helped launch several churches in Arizona, and coached many local church planters and pastors in the process.
In March of 2015, Lee became the Executive Director of Church Planting for Converge, a leader among church planting movements. Despite a heart wrenching decision to leave Harvest, Lee and Melissa knew God was calling them to focus on church planting at the national level for Converge. Over the years, despite changing ministry roles, hardships and moves, Lee’s heart continues to beat strongly for the local church, pastors and church planting. Lee and his wife Melissa reside in Orlando, Florida with their two crazy kids.