It still surprises me that I’m the Reverend Irene Pak Lee, but as the years pass by, I find myself more fully allowing that to be part of my true self and identity now. I’m a second generation Korean American pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I was born and raised in Ogden, Utah and my parents still live in the house they brought me home to from the hospital. My roots will always be grounded in the mountains. I love music and I played cello for most of my life. I love to sing at full volume in my car. I’m an introvert that is comfortable in social settings (everyone thinks I’m an extrovert). I am an optimist and I live in hope. I will boldly proclaim that I love Jesus and I love people-and it is honestly the coolest thing ever that I get to serve God and people as a pastor. It’s a loaded profession and comes with a lot of baggage for people, but I love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m also married to a kind, funny, and wonderful person who is just right for me.
My goal is to write every post with some kind of scripture reference (it might not actually relate contextually, so I’m not trying to be super deep with it) and end with a word of hope.