The Rev. Dr. Sung Il Lee joined the Candler faculty as Missionary Practitioner in Residence in 2021. He brings with him decades of experience in missionary and pastoral ministry, including his concurrent position as a missionary of the Global Board Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, serving as a lecturer and academic advisor in theology and ministry at the Methodist Lay Training Center in Nausori, Fiji Islands. Lee has a passion for missions and missiological education, and has taught and ministered around the world, including in Dominica, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Senegal, Ukraine, and India and, earlier in his career, the Philippines and Myanmar.

Lee has served Korean churches for 13 years as an ordained pastor, military and hospital chaplain, and missionary to the Philippines. Most recently, he served as senior pastor at Appenzeller Memorial Nairi UMC in Woodland Park, New Jersey.